Schuster and the Judges

Robert Stevens

in The Independence of the Judiciary

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198262633
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682377 | DOI:
Schuster and the Judges

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Schuster's interaction with judges on detailed issues is particularly revealing of the Schuster style. Was it true that the Lord Chancellor reigned, but the Permanent Secretary ruled — as critics claimed? Certainly these years were in marked contrast to the later Muir Mackenzie years, even though Muir Mackenzie was reputedly active in judicial appointments. The independence of the judges as a concept was tested both by the political and civil service involvement in choosing them and by the judicial assumption that independence included financial independence.

Keywords: Schuster; Lord Chancellor; Permanent Secretary; Muir Mackenzie; judicial appointments; civil service

Chapter.  13500 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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