Giving reasons for decisions
A decision by a court martial was quashed for the absence of any reasons having been given. The court said that although the law did not recognise a general duty to give reasons
the courts would ensure that statutory decisions affecting individuals followed prescribed procedure and would supply additional procedural standards to ensure that fairness is attained
where reasons were not given, a challenge had to show that the procedure was unfair;
the carrying out of a judicial function by a tribunal additionally favoured the requirement of reasons, particularly where personal liberty was involved; and
if justice could not be achieved in the absence of reasons, then they should be given.