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Warrior of Peace Judge proposed for Top Judge

Well there are quite a few possible meanings for Igor as a first name. There are those that come from the norse Ingwar (the Norse god Ing's warrior - Ing being god of peace and fertility), there are also those that say it is a derivation of George.

However, to have a top Judge whose surname is "Judge" sounds quite apposite. He is called Sir Igor Judge. In any event he comes from the Criminal Division where they do have a commitment to justice which is good. I would be very worried if he came from the Family Division where budgets always seem to be more important than justice*.

I recently saw a case where a husband was divorced without being told he was being divorced and it appears that the court decided that there was no problem with this.

In any event the link is to the story in The Observer about the appointment of Lord Phillips' replacement as LCJ. I am not worried myself if there seems to be a consensus that a particular person should get the job.

What matters is that there is a concentration on justice and stopping the numbers of miscarriages of justice that go on at the moment.

Lord Phillips also seems to have come a cropper on the religious law debate. He was more precise in his use of words than the Archbishop, but has still got a thrashing in the public domain by people misunderstanding the difference between imposed law and consensual agreements based upon rules for mediation.

*Slight exaggeration. There are some good judges in the Family Division, but the systems they operate seem almost designed to create miscarriages of justice.

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R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

I have only just found this one which I think is accurately reported below (but if it is not please give me an accurate report).

KING’S BENCH DIVISION

R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

November 9 1923

Editor’s comments in bold.

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