Dyson Heydon AC QC is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia and currently a visiting professor at the University of Oxford. A former Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales, he graduated as Master of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University. He has published a number of legal texts, including his first book, The Restraint of Trade Doctrine, in 1971. Justice Heydon was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2004.
Former Australian High Court judge Dyson Heydon’s paper for Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, Does Political Criticism of Judges Damage Judicial Independence? was covered by Australian media. The Australian, the biggest selling national newspaper in the country, featured an extract from Heydon’s paper and endorsement from Attorney General Christian Porter and incoming High Commissioner in London George Brandis. The Australian Financial Review also covered the paper, referring to it as a ‘blistering critique’ of the Victoria Court of Appeal’s treatment of ministers who criticised them. You can read the original paper by Dyson Heydon here.
In a new paper for Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project the Honourable Dyson Heydon AC QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, challenges the conventional wisdom that suggests that criticism of judges by politicians damages judicial independence, and upends the commonplace claim that says that judicial decisions should not be criticized because it is not open to judges to defend themselves.
The Honourable Dyson Heydon AC QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia and one of the common-law world’s foremost figures, warns that the phenomenon of rising judicial power across much of the common law world represents a “silent revolution” that has occurred largely without parliamentary sanction.