top judge, Chief Justice John Roberts, has been teaching a course
in Wellington but who would have recognised him?
name appears on the lists of the "most powerful" in the
world, not in the top dozen, for sure, but in the top few dozen.
not perturbed that one survey suggests that just 12 per cent of
Americans could name him as Supreme Court Chief Justice, a role he's
held since 2005.
not politicians. It's not a great disappointment to us that people
don't recognise us."
seen some of these rankings and Judge Judy always finishes first,"
he said in a nod to a long time television show.
should know about the court, they should know what the court does,
they should particularly know that what the court does is different
to what congress and the executive does but it's not a terribly bad
thing that they don't know who the individuals are."
62, told an audience in Wellington on Wednesday that as a recent
graduate he was a clerk for the unassuming Supreme Court Associate
Justice William Rehnquist, later Chief Justice.
judge liked to walk around the grounds of the court talking over
cases with his clerk. On those walks they were often stopped by
visitors wanting their photograph taken in front of the Supreme
and dozens of people had pictures of themselves in front of the
Supreme Court around the country with no idea it was taken by a Chief
Justice of the United States."
an hour-long discussion with the Victoria University dean of law,
Professor Mark Hickford, the Chief Justice did not speak about the
current political turmoil in United States politics, and he did not
take questions from media. The Republican-nominated judge did say
though that the selection process for United States judges, though a
good one, had become overly politicised.
are not electing a representative so you're not entitled to know what
their views on political issues are."
had an impact on political life but they're supposed to do that as
judges, only as necessary to decide the cases, he said.
was in New Zealand to teach a course at the university, with Harvard
University Law Professor Richard Lazarus, on the Supreme Court in
$2000 a head course, with nine hours teaching time, was spread over