Comments: Religion and the Judiciary

Though in the case mentioned here it was ironic that Mr Justice Laws is, it appears, a practising Anglican.

Posted by Jeremy Pemberton at Thursday, 3 June 2010 at 11:34pm BST

"...the then Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls and the Vice-Chancellor – respectively, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Woolf and Sir Richard Scott who was subsequently ennobled as the Law Lord, Lord Scott of Foscote) stated that:
“We cannot … conceive of circumstances in which an objection [of apparent judicial bias] could be soundly based on the religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, class, means or sexual orientation of the judge.” - UKSC blog -

This would seem to uphold the U.K.Supreme Court's position of the unsuitablity of religious bias being brought into play in judgements delivered by officers of the Supreme Court - and, one would hope, of any state judicial authority in the UK.

Lord Carey's attempt to overturn this model of British Justice did little to endear him to the citizens of the UK, who seek, and have the right to, an unprejudicial outcome to cases before the court.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 4 June 2010 at 10:29am BST
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