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An Unpopular Judge.

In the New South Wales Legislative Assembly the conduct of Judge Windeyer, who while at Deniliquin in October last characterised the action of a jury who acquitted a prisoner ns disgraceful, was brought under notice by Mr Chanter, and Messrs Barbour, Garven, and O’Sullivan joined him in condemnation of the Judge’s conduct generally. Mr O’Sullivan said the Judge who gave way to “ boorish vagaries ” was unfit for his position, and he fiercely attacked the Minister for Justice and the Ministry for cowardice in not dealing with Judge Windeyer as he deserved. While pointing out that it was not the duty of the Government to take action in the matter, the Minister for Justice remarked that any Judge who did his duty in a criminal Court would be unpopular. The course taken by Mr Chanter was strongly deprecated by the Premier, who described it as reprehensible, and calculated to damage the administration of justice. He pointed out that the Judge could only be dealt with by resolution of both Houses on the ground of dereliction of duty or maladministration. It was Judge Windeyer’s language and manner that were most complained of, but he would promise that if a resolution were moved respecting him it should be dealt with immediately. The practice of continually debating the conduct of Judges was viewed with disfavor by Mr Abbott, who, however, admitted that Judge Windeyer was very offensive to the profession and others. Subsequently a Select Committee was appointed to inquire into various allegations made against thb Judge,

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An Unpopular Judge., Issue 7922, 1 June 1889, Supplement

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An Unpopular Judge. Issue 7922, 1 June 1889, Supplement

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