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The Schuster Era: High Policy

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/9780198262633.003.0003
The Schuster Era: High Policy

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While Muir Mackenzie was far more than the ‘postman’ he pretended to be, there is little doubt that his was something of a passive role — especially in his later years. In these years, he humoured the judges; he soothed the Bar; he even began to pamper solicitors. His original hope of moving to complete the reforms of the Judicature Acts of the 1870s had, however, evaporated. Perhaps, in any event, the staffing of the office made a proactive style unlikely. This existing style was not to the liking of Lord Haldane, a Liberal reformer, when he took office as Lord Chancellor in 1912. Muir Mackenzie was replaced in 1915 by the man who became the most powerful of the Permanent Secretaries — Sir Claud (later Lord) Schuster.

Keywords: Claud Schuster; Muir Mackenzie; judicial reform; Judicature Acts; Lord Chancellor; High Court judges

Chapter.  8836 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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