R v Sussex Justices, ex p McCarthy

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R v Sussex Justices, Ex parte McCarthy ([1924] 1 KB 256, [1923] All ER Rep 233) is a leading English case on the impartiality and recusal of judges. It is famous for its precedence in establishing the principle that the mere appearance of bias is sufficient to overturn a judicial decision. It also brought into common parlance the oft-quoted aphorism “Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done.”

The King v. Sussex Justices. Ex parte McCarthy
Court High Court of Justice
Cases cited
  • [1924] KB 256
  • [1923] EWHC KB 1
Court membership
Judge(s) sitting Lord Hewart CJ, Lush and Sankey JJ