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The Judicial Council is tasked with promoting and maintaining high standards of judicial conduct. The Judicial Council Act 2019 identifies judicial impartiality as a principle of judicial conduct that Irish judges are required to uphold and exemplify. Despite its ubiquity, judicial impartiality is perhaps under-explained and under-examined.
This article considers the nature and scope of judicial impartiality in contemporary Irish judging. It argues that the Judicial Council ought to take a proactive, multi-faceted approach to promote and maintain judicial impartiality, to address contemporary challenges that the Irish judiciary face including increasingly sophisticated empirical research into judicial performance, the proliferation of judicial analytics tools, and more probative and critical media and social media coverage of the Irish judiciary.
Barry, B. (2022). Judicial Impartiality in the Judicial Council Act 2019: Challenges and Opportunities. Irish Judicial Studies Journal. DOI: 10.21427/2AJT-PF62