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Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL3710, tabled on 30 November 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 22 November (HL3029), where in the Cabinet Manual criteria or guidance are given about how the Lord Chancellor and other Ministers should perform their duty under section 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 to uphold the independence of the judiciary.

Answered on

14 December 2016

Paragraph 16 of the introduction and Chapter 6 of the Cabinet Manual make clear that it is a long-established constitutional principle that the judiciary is independent of both the government of the day and Parliament. This is to ensure the even-handed administration of justice.