As the deliberations by the Judicial Selection Committee for the next Chief Justice proceed behind closed doors, the guessing game as to who might be appointed continue.
Source tell LawFuel that some believe Justice Joe Williams is in with a better-than-average chance while others speculate that Supreme Court member Justice O’Regan may be a short-order choice until some of the younger members of the Bench come alongk for appointment.
The criticism leveled at incumbent Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias as a judicial activist who failed to effectively manage the Supreme Court in the manner required of the highest court in the land is a factor that is very much in play, the sources say.
Some are also adamant that a wider consultation process than that currently undertaken should be carried out, with the views of the Law Society, Bar Association and others sought.
The current administration will be wanting to hit the appropriate demographic high spots, which an O’Regan appointment would not do albeit as a holding appointment, but they will also wish to ensure the Court is able to effectively apply the law in a focused and effective manner, which it has frequently failed to do so far.
Meanwhile, perennial favourite Justice Kos remains in strong contention and is LawFuel’s ‘hot pick’.