Criticism and Accountability in Judging

Nov 23, 2016

Time & Date

Monday 28 November

Registration: 13:00
Start:           13:15
End:            14:15


Policy Exchange
6th Floor
8-10 Great George Street


Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead
Former Deputy President of the Supreme Court and previously Lord President of the Court of Session
Rt Hon Lord Howard of Lympne
Former Leader of the Opposition and Home Secretary
Charles Moore
Columnist for The Daily Telegraph and authorised biographer of Lady Thatcher
Joshua Rozenberg
Legal Commentator and Journalist

Chaired by

Professor Graham Gee
Professor of Public Law at the University of Sheffield, and author of The Politics of Judicial Independence in the UK’s Changing Constitution (CUP, 2015)


Next month the Supreme Court will hear the Government’s appeal in the Miller judgment. The backdrop to that hearing is unusually heated: earlier this month, press and politicians reacted strongly to the High Court’s decision. Retired judges, lawyers and political opponents alleged that the Lord Chancellor, the Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, had not defended the judges sufficiently from press criticism. Public comments by Lady Hale of Richmond of the Supreme Court on the forthcoming Article 50 litigation have provoked criticism in turn. Running through these controversies are complex questions about when, how and why it is appropriate to criticise judges and their judgments.

Reflecting on the requirements of judicial independence and the accountability of public power, Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project brings together a panel from the worlds of law, politics and the press to debate these issues.


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