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The Problem of Judicial Independence

  • Lorne Neudorf
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Abstract

Few legal ideas have received as much attention in scholarship and invocations in judicial speeches as that of an independent judiciary. Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada once wrote that judicial independence is “the lifeblood of constitutionalism”. Associate United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor admonished Americans to ‘recommit’ themselves to maintaining judicial independence after arguing that “all of society has a keen interest in countering threats to judicial independence”. Despite the near universal acclaim, however, the contours of judicial independence remain unclear and its meaning and practice in different legal systems are often poorly understood. In writing about judicial independence, Christopher M. Larkins observes:

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Legal System Legal Rule Donor Agency Development Bank Universal Theory 
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  • Lorne Neudorf
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawThompson Rivers UniversityKamloopsCanada

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