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Much of Chief Justice Nemetz's life has been devoted to the public good and public service - to the betterment of society through law. Through his judgments and through his contribution to the administration of justice in British Columbia and Canada, he has brought the law closer to every one of us. Few of us can appreciate the degree of sacrifice and dedication to the public good which a life of judging requires. For all these reasons, and out of respect for the dedication of the judiciary, lawyers rarely discuss “judicial values" and particularly the values of a specific judge; to do so risks exposing judges as human and law as human.

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