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There was a letter in the Opinion Section of the Herald this morning suggesting we have a 3 strikes and then out for any judge who disagrees with the police on a bail application and it turns out subsequently to have dire consequences.

Political reactions to emotive discussions like these do not help the maintenance of a balance in our justice system.

The complex issue of provocation is a good example of a situation where misinformed public discussion lead to political decisions that lacked rigour and comprehension.

As a profession we do not have a good enough medium through which to inform these important public discussions and it is time we carved a place and a position to improve the quality of discussion around all things legal.

We seem too often to be unrepresented in the court of public opinion and that must be the ultimate irony!