Should judges respond to criticism? – The Times

Posted November 27th, 2008 in judiciary, special report by sally

“In 1900, the editor of the Birmingham Daily Argos was fined £100 by the Lord Chief Justice for describing Mr Justice Darling as an ‘impudent little man in horsehair’. The editor avoided a prison sentence for ‘personal scurrilous abuse of a judge’ only because of his abject apology. Today, we rightly take a more tolerant approach to criticism of the judiciary. But the critical comments by Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail, about the judgments of Mr Justice Eady in privacy cases raise important questions about how judges should respond.”

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The Times, 27th November 2008