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Judges: Training

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden Conservative, Hertsmere

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has plans to train judges to specialise in the protected characteristic of religion or belief.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice does not oversee judicial training; the Lord Chief Justice does through the Judicial College.

The issue of religion arises as a factor in a range of cases heard across many jurisdictions. Judges make reasoned and independent decisions based on the evidence presented. If religion is an issue in deciding a case, the parties have the opportunity to present evidence about that to the judge.

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