The Southern Cross : July 2012
Justice done Photo: Nat Rogers $2 inc. GST July 2012 TheSouthern Cross Part of your Catholic family since 1867 SUPPORTING PARTNERS FOUNDING PARTNER As the State's highest ranked judge Chief Justice Doyle witnessed his fair share of unpleasant cases, and politics. There have been murders, sexual abuse of society's most vulnerable, fraud of innocent victims, violent assaults leaving permanent and debilitating injuries and political criticism in sentencing. Even so, Chief Justice Doyle says his faith in humanity and the idea that good triumphs over evil stands strong. "The reality is that the world is filled with far more good people than bad," he says. "Bad people are the exception to the rule and you know that often there are people who are in court who make crazy decisions." He says the law of sentencing must not be affected by religion, even though some cases test one's sense of social justice. "Even in a situation where you think it is unfair, still it is a situation that requires you to do what the law requires you to do," he says. "You aren't there as a judge to do justice according to your faith; it would be a very confusing situation if you were." Chief Justice Doyle recalls the Catholic teachings of his childhood to include schooling by predominantly Jesuit priests and as an altar server at the Glen Osmond Parish. He was educated at Saint Ignatius' College from Years 5 to 12 and was Dux of his leaving class. He says the Ignatian education of inquiry steered him towards a career in law but there was a time, very early on, when he was asked to contemplate a religious life. Continued on page 3. After 17 years at the Supreme Court bench, Chief Justice John Doyle AC has retired to make room for some change. The Norwood parishioner and St Ignatius' College old scholar reflects with Rebecca DiGirolamo on his Catholic upbringing, good versus evil, faith and law, and his parting wish list for a more modern, open and tech-savvy court facility.