Judges' ultimatum to Falconer

Senior
judges have warned Lord Falconer that they will not support the planned
Ministry of Justice unless he guarantees their financial independence in the
next six days. Reports the Daily
Telegraph
.

The move will bring the judiciary under direct political control for the first time.

They
want the courts' budget to be “ring-fenced” so that it will not be under
threat when the Lord Chancellor takes responsibility for prisons and the
probation service in addition to judges and the courts. The judges are also
worried that the Lord Chancellor, who has traditionally been their
representative in Government, will bring improper pressure to bear on them. 

Lord Woolf said
that
Britain's unwritten constitution, which was the guarantor of
individual liberties, was being changed without public consultation. This left
him “concerned for our well-being as a nation”, he said.

Lord Phillips,
the Lord Chief Justice, expressed his concerns about the plans in a letter to
the Commons Constitutional Affairs Select Committee on April 4. He said the
announcement had given the impression that the progress of an offender through
the courts could fall within the “seamless management” of the
Ministry of Justice. He told MPs it would be quite wrong to treat judges
“as part of the system that is subject to the management of the ministry”.

 

“I think
it is terribly important there should not be this apparent battle between the
executive and the judiciary. The judiciary has been put there by Parliament in
order to ensure that the executive acts lawfully. If we take that away from the
judiciary we are really aping what happened in Nazi
Germany.”

Lord Ackner – London Oct 2005

 

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(National Socialists) – Destroying Britain from the inside out.

 

 

 

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