Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th December 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, 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.

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

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.

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