Appearance is everything: the perils of apprehended bias
In a recent family law matter before the High Court, it was found that the trial judge presiding over the family law dispute failed to disclose that he had numerous meetings for coffee, text message and phone calls with the wife’s barrister.
As a result, the matter was remitted back to the Family Court to be re-tried, at great cost and inconvenience to the parties.
To read more about the principle of apprehended bias and the decision of the High Court Charisteas v Charisteasclick here.
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