Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what criteria or guidance they have regard in performing their duty under section 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 to uphold the independence of the judiciary.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The Cabinet Manual makes clear reference to judicial independence. All ministers have access to legal advice in relation to their statutory duties where necessary, including advice where appropriate from the Law Officers.

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