Bad Apples Degrade Legal Profession

Posted on May 4, 2007 by | 0 Comments

by Tim O’Dwyer Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate

The legal profession must expect the scrutiny of the media as part of a legitimate process of accountability, Queensland’s Chief Justice Paul de Jersey told a Gold Coast District Law Association luncheon.

“One always hopes,” Chief Justice de Jersey said, “for fair and balanced reporting”.

Although invited to speak to the Association’s solicitor and barrister members about the rule of law, the Chief Justice chose more topically for his subject the legal profession’s relationship with the media. Solicitors, barristers, magistrates and judges collectively constitute this profession which His Honour regretted was “condemned broadly because of the infractions of only a few.”

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