Does the system of appointing Australian High Court judges need reform?
This paper sets out ways in which the work of the High Court is political and argues that the method by which appointments to it are made needs to be re-examined to reflect this understanding of the Court. To this end the issues of selection criteria and the process of appointment are considered, noting how each is relevant to the need for public confidence in the High Court. In Australia the question of criteria has traditionally been dealt with by assuming that merit, which has remained...[Show more]
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