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The Lord Chancellor's Office and the Age of Muir Mackenzie

Robert Stevens

in The Independence of the Judiciary

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198262633
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682377 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262633.003.0002
The Lord Chancellor's Office and the Age of Muir Mackenzie

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This chapter presents the broad concept of the book, and looks at the judges, their status, and their independence through the eyes of the Lord Chancellor's Office. It is an analysis which is best attempted historically. It elaborates the founding of the Lord Chancellor's Office and explains the changing concept of the judiciary. This book relies heavily on the papers of the Lord Chancellor's Office and Department. The papers partly do no more than confirm what is already known or suspected about changes in the English legal system. Judicial independence in England is less a question of one branch of government under the separation of powers; it is a question of how far, and with what political guidance, the civil servants should be choosing members of the judiciary, or what role the judges themselves should play in deciding appointments and terms of service, and in running the courts.

Keywords: Lord Chancellor's Office; judiciary; English legal system; judicial independence; separation of power; courts

Chapter.  10030 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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