Equality, fairness and integrity are directly concerned with the court's constitutional role as the upholder of the rule of law.
This principle requires that the court make consistent decisions in accordance with law. This includes the court's capacity to monitor those decisions of higher courts which may have implications for its future decisions, to be up to date with current law, to keep accurate records of its decisions and to monitor the enforcement of its orders.
court's authority, and therefore effectiveness, is diminished when its
orders can be ignored.
Standard 3.1 addresses the requirement that the court's processes and decisions conform to procedural and substantive legal requirements as well as any established administrative policies.
Standard 3.2 addresses the court's need for resources required to stay informed of current law.
Standard 3.3 focuses on the requirement of justice that the court's decisions must be based on individual attention to each case while at the same time being based only on legally relevant considerations consistently applied.
Standard 3.4 refers to the legal integrity of the court's decisions through enforcement of orders.
Standard 3.5 draws attention to the role of records management in maintaining the integrity of the court's processes.
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