WA Chief Justice Peter Quinlan examines legal decision making.

In a recent paper, 'The virtue of being wrong: Some thoughts on courage in the law,'  Western Australia's Chief Justice Peter Quinlan delves into the complexities of decision-making within the legal system.

Highlighting the inherent risks involved, the paper discusses various aspects of legal proceedings, emphasising the importance of acknowledging and accepting these risks. 

The paper examines how the fear of being wrong can influence decision-makers, leading to avoidance mechanisms that undermine the administration of justice. It calls for greater moral courage in embracing the responsibility of decision-making and advocates for civility in criticism and correction.

For those interested in further insights, the full text of the paper is available via the link below.

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