LORDS

Lord Chief Justice questioned by Committee

23 April 2018

On Wednesday 25 April The House of Lords Constitution Committee questions The Rt. Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. The session focuses on challenges facing the judiciary, the modernisation of the justice system, judicial appointments and legal aid.

Witness

At 10.30am

  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Possible questions

  • What impact do you think the "intolerable pressure" by social media users who criticise decisions has on the judiciary and the rule of law?
  • What impact has the Government’s changes to legal aid had on access to justice?
    How do you envisage developments in technology will affect the justice system?
  • We heard evidence last year about the "general dilapidated state of the court estate" and that the working conditions for judges were a deterrent for future applicants. What steps are you taking to address these issues both in the short and long-term?
  • We are concerned that there have been difficulties again with the recruitment of candidates to the High Court. What factors do you think are deterring potential applicants and what more can be done to get strong applicants through the process?
  • What steps are you taking to ensure that judges in England and Wales are aware of the developing body of Welsh legislation and case law?

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