A Matter of Perception
"It is not merely of some importance but is of fundamental importance, that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done." - Lord Hewart, Britain's Lord Chief Justice, 1922-40.
Perception and reality can be one and the same thing; equally, they can be poles apart. One thing, though, remains certain: to the human mind, that which is perceived, is deemed to be reality until categorically disproven. The same dictum holds true in the dispensing of justice: not only must it be done (reality), but it must also be seen to be done (perception).
It follows, therefore, that when the powers vested in an organisation - be it political, administrative, or sporting - permit it to act as detective, prosecutor, court recorder, judge, jury and executioner rolled into one all-powerful body, it is not only vital that the execution be just, but utterly crucial to its standing that it is seen to be thus.