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Judiciary must defend integrity: Sofronoff

Alexandra Patrikios reports in The Brisbane Times (19.6.15) on a speech by former solicitor-general Walter Sofronoff to the Australian Academy of Law, in which he said ‘because the bench was a natural extension of the bar, judges would ideally maintain a “cultural breeding” that instilled personal integrity and resistance to political influence.

‘Such attitudes are not characteristic of judges who have a proclivity to please the executive government or who crave popularity.

‘To answer these attacks, barristers must assume an advocacy of their profession and its community-backed integrity.

I think the members of the bar must accept that it is part of their duty … to defend them and the judiciary as a whole against such attacks.’

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