Chief Justice sees positive in Privy Council ruling

Chief Justice Ivor Archie is taking heart in today's ruling of the Privy Council, given that within the ruling, the Law Lords stated that the Law Association is in no position to make findings of fact that ware in any way binding upon the Chief Justice.

Archie issued the following statement on Thursday.

"Although the appeal has not been allowed, I am nonetheless heartened by the decision of the Privy Council. I had instructed that these proceedings be brought as a last resort and only when the Law Association declared that they could hold a member of the judiciary "to account". That I considered to be a threat of grave concern and contrary to the independence of the judiciary and rule of law.

It is now clear from both the decision of the Privy Council published at 10.00 am today and the official release accompanying the decision also published at 10.00 am today that the law does not entitle the Law Association to investigate the Chief Justice with a view to finding fact.

As the Privy Council explicitly stated, the Law Association is "in no position to make findings of fact that are in any way binding upon the Chief Justice of upon any tribunal which might be established."

In both the decision and the Official Release the Privy Council has also cautioned that "The Association will be conscious of any possible legal constraints" relating to the dissemination of its Report.

I welcome these strong statements of principle and good sense. It is my hope that I will not need in the future, to have recourse to the Courts to establish my rights."

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