Mitchell v Georges

Natural justice – Bias. The appellant was the former Prime Minister of St.Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The respondent, a retired judge, had been commissioned to inquire into the failure of a project in SVG, which had resulted substantial losses to SVG' public purse. The lower court dismissed the appellant's application for judicial review, ruling that there had been no apparent bias on the part of the respondent in the interim stages of the inquiry. The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against that decision. The Privy Council, allowing the appellant's appeal, held that a fair minded observer would have concluded that there had been apparent bias such that the respondent would not have approached the remainder of the inquiry with impartiality.

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