Judicial Discretion in Private Law – a Commentary

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dc.contributor.author Havelock, Rohan en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-20T22:05:35Z en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Otago Law Review 14(2):285-295 2016 en
dc.identifier.issn 0078-6918 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35213 en
dc.description.abstract With reference to jurisprudence across the Commonwealth, Professor Graham Virgo argues that ‘rule–based’ approaches to justice and ‘discretionary’ approaches to justice need not be in stark opposition.1 Instead, a reconciliation is possible. This involves the identification of rules which can be modified by the application of recognised principles in certain circumstances.2 Such modification imports a degree of judicial discretion. Views of the legitimate scope of discretion in judicial decision–making are necessarily informed by conceptions of the meaning, role and place of private law itself. For example, an instrumentalist conception of private law (as a means to achieve social, economic and other ends) will tend to license ‘strong’ discretion, and indeed judicial activism, so that, for example, there is no necessary correlation between a ‘right’ and a ‘remedy’ in respect of that right. On the other hand, a conception of private law as an end in itself (such as the conception of corrective justice)3 will tend to advocate ‘weak’ discretion so that, for example, there is a correlation between a ‘right’ and a ‘remedy’. This brief commentary cannot hope to address these fundamental issues, or even all of the issues that Professor Virgo raises either directly or indirectly. Instead, it will focus on the examples with which Professor Virgo has illustrated his thesis: the illegality defence, and the constructive trust (remedial and institutional). en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Otago Law Review en
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dc.title Judicial Discretion in Private Law – a Commentary en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 285 en
pubs.volume 14 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Otago Law Review en
pubs.end-page 295 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 632105 en
pubs.org-id Law en
pubs.org-id Faculty Administration Law en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-06-23 en

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