Judicial Independence: Who Cares?

Neil MacCormick

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264249
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734045 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Judicial Independence: Who Cares?

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This lecture discusses judicial independence. It notes that the increase in concern over judicial independence was due to recent developments in Scotland, England and Wales. The constitutional changes also led to new relationships between ministers and judges, which in turn has led to governmental declarations to respect the rule of law and judicial independence. The lecture also stresses the importance of considering and re-asserting the principles that justify judicial independence, as well as the underlying concept of separation of powers.

Keywords: judicial independence; constitutional changes; ministers and judges; governmental declarations; rule of law; separation of powers

Chapter.  6943 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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