Is Parliament about to drop our commitment to the Rule of Law?

One of the first legislative measures of the young colony, back in 1841, was the creation of what we now know as the High Court. That legislation has been updated over the years, significantly in the 1880s before consolidation in the 1908 Judicature Act.

The Judicature Modernisation Bill, currently set down for its committee stage in Parliament, is the first major overhaul of the provisions since 1908. Amongst other things it will incorporate the Supreme Court Act 2003. Along with the Constitution Act, the Bill of Rights Act, and some others, this is legislation of constitutional significance. It governs the operation of one of the branches of state.