Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd v Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells [2011] NSWCA 246

McColl JA:
49 One of the cardinal principles of the adversarial system of justice is that a judge tries the case before him or her on the evidence and arguments presented in open court by the parties or their legal representatives and by reference to those matters alone, unless Parliament otherwise provides. This principle reflects a central element in the system of justice administered by Australian courts, that is that it should be fair, meaning that it must be open, impartial and even-handed: Re JRL; Ex parte CJL [1986] HCA 39; (1986) 161 CLR 342 (at 350) per Mason J; see also Gipp v R [1998] HCA 21; (1998) 194 CLR 106 (at [48]) per McHugh and Hayne JJ. It is not the role of a judge to create a controversy: Sharp v Rangott [2008] FCAFC 45; (2008) 167 FCR 225 (at [55]) per Besanko J.


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