It is a rule of ancient standing that any person is entitled to be fairly heard prior to a determination of his rights1. In English law the importance of the right to a fair hearing both to the administration of justice and to good government was recognised in the Magna Carta2 and by canonical jurists3. Initially the right was founded on the twin maxims of audi alteram partem (literally 'hear the other side') and nemo judex in causa sua ('no person may be a judge in his own cause'), principles to which reference is made in both criminal and
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