Clear and vital role for judiciary

COMMENT

As we all know, democracy is supported by three pillars of power: the legislative, executive and judiciary.

It is often the case that the boundaries of legislative and executive power are blurred.

This means that the burden of responsibility for maintaining the separation of powers and ensuring the independence of each branch of our democratic system falls on the judiciary and its representatives.

For citizens to feel that there is some fail-safe mechanism in place, to be triggered if the executive or the state tries to exceed the powers bestowed upon it, it is important that the judiciary makes it clear that it is ready to protect their interests.

This means that it is vital for, and incumbent upon, the judiciary to maintain a safe distance from parties and politics in general.

However, if this does not happen, the judiciary will obviously lose the respect of citizens and leave the path open for the creation of an authoritarian system.

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