There's a call for personalities to be kept out of the debate on the future of the justice system.
It follows comments from an Auckland QC critical of the standard of some Auckland judges.
The Law Society says the debate on whether High Court judges should specialise in particular areas of law should focus on the issues and not personalities.
President Jonathan Temm says it's a complex discussion and everyone is entitled to have a say.
"That debate is not going to be helped by personal attacks on the judiciary, if in fact that is what has occurred.
Jonathan Temm says people who criticise the judiciary should always bear in mind that the judiciary is unable to publicly defend itself.
He says it's contrary to the etiquette of the legal profession to personally criticise judges in public.
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