Supreme court status should not be at risk in ‘bonfire of the quangos’
Guardian: Coalition must safeguard separation of powers and the rule of law when considering status of UK supreme court
But what does this mean? Surely not that the new UK supreme court, after £56m of investment and a successful first year in operation, is for the chop?
Not a chance. The supreme court is the highest appeal court in the land and an integral part of the UK justice system. While the name and venue are new, the court itself is almost identical to the House of Lords committee which it replaced, and most (although not all) consider its new independence from government to be a positive step for the rule of law.
What may be under consideration is the team which runs the court. The 2005 Act of Parliament which created the court states that the Lord Chancellor “must” appoint a chief executive, and “may” appoint officers and staff of the court. At present, the court has 10 executive staff, in addition to around 30 other staff.
It is, surely, inconceivable that any government would do away with the United Kingdom’s most important protector of the Rule of Law and bulwark against the excesses of government. I am more than happy to parody politicians from time to time – but any attempt to reduce the authority and power of the UKSC would lead us down a very dark path. Perhaps savings could be made on the trinkets and Supreme Court teddy bears being sold?
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A selection of useful articles in Guardian law….
And from John Bolch at Family Lore…
This week Natasha and I discuss the speech Is the Family Justice System in need of review?, given by the President of the Family Division Sir Nicholas Wall to the shared parenting charity Families Need Fathers on the 19th September. Topics covered include shared residence, compulsory assessment for mediation in private law children matters, the future of legal aid and McKenzie friends.
You can listen to the LoreCast here.