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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

On Objectivity in a Legal System

“Errors in understanding the proper scope of a legal system’s authority naturally lead to the adoption of laws whose substance is not objectively valid. These, in turn, lead to failures of objectivity in the administration of law. And when laws cannot be enforced according to purely objective standards, those responsible for enforcing them are invited — indeed, required — to employ subjective criteria. Over time, the effect of this is to normalize the reign of inappropriate bases for determining the application of laws, which only further distorts people’s understanding of what proper laws and proper administration are.” ~ Tara Smith

(Source: Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System by Tara Smith; Chapter - Objectivity in a Legal System; Page - 64)

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