Judge says morality has place in law

The University of Notre Dame Australia needs to instill in those who are studying law "a sense of morality and integrity which is very important in the ultimate to the achieving of justice", says retired English judge Sir Paul Kennedy.

The Catholic Weekly reports that Sir Paul told an audience at the opening of the Notre Dame Law School in Sydney last week that a good law school must produce "lawyers who have standards in the law they apply and are also prepared to help those who are disadvantaged."

"Lawyers play an important role in our community," he said, "not only in the obvious sphere of settling disputes and making peace among people, but also enabling people to feel that the right thing could be done if they feel that something has happened to them which needs putting right. Also it's very important in contentious fields these days like immigration."

Justice Neville Owen, chancellor of Notre Dame University Australia, said: "We will remind students that law is first and foremost a profession.

"It is also a business. The two concepts are not inconsistent but it behoves us all to keep constantly in mind the true nature of profession.

"Distilled to its essence, the study of law is about a logical approach to problem solving," he said.

"We will use the great Catholic intellectual tradition to remind our students that problems arise and fall to be solved in the context of ethical and moral values."

Morality, integrity important, says judge (Catholic Weekly 19/3/06)

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17 Mar 2006