Limitations to Application of Rule of Law
(i) Immunity of diplomats, presidents, governors, Legislatures, and Judges, limits the application of rule of law.
(ii) Delayed justice is justice denied.
“Justice delayed is justice denied” is a legal maxim. It means that if legal redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance. More or equitable relief to an injured party is available, but is not forthcoming in a timely fashion, it is effectively the same as having no remedy at all.
(iii) Tribunals are unconstitutional.
(iv) Delegated The legislative branch of government is responsible for making laws within a country. Legislatures are made up of people called legislators who, in democracies, are elected by the country’s population More is against the principles of rule of law.
(v) The rich and privileged few, always use their wealth and position to prevent justice.
(vi) The type of government in power can also limit the application of rule of law e.g. Military Government, Authoritarian Government etc.
(vii) Under a state of emergency, rule of law can be limited.
(viii) Customs and traditions of the people can also limit the application of rule of law.
(ix) Unlawful detention and arrest of innocent people in the state also violate rule of law.
(x) The police excesses, brutality and future of people in the state also limit the application of rule of law.
(ix) The Military in Politics or governance of the state is an abrasion of the law.
(x) Insecurity in the state is also a threat to the application of rule of law.