Advisor Mr. Zachary N. Muñoz delivered a statement underscoring the vital importance of the independence of judges and lawyers. He asserted this as a fundamental pillar of a just and democratic society because it upholds the rule of law and safeguards the rights of all citizens.
In his statement, Mr. Muñoz affirmed that the judiciary and the legal profession are the guardians of justice in every nation, entrusted with ensuring the fair and impartial administration of the law. He placed these assertions in the context of providing aid to the vulnerable around the globe, illustrating how the Order benefits from just systems. He called upon Member States to recognize their duty, in accordance with HRC resolutions 53/12 and 17/2, to uphold moral and just principles that preserve the separation of powers and guarantee access to justice, the protection of human rights, and the prevention of discrimination and abuse of power.
Mr. Muñoz then underlined that safeguarding the independence of judges and lawyers is not merely a legal requirement; it is a moral imperative that we must strive to ensure. He concluded by emphasizing that these duties are a shared responsibility, stating that we must protect and nurture this independence by adequately funding judicial systems and ensuring judges have the support they need to carry out their duties fairly and efficiently.