Judicial Independence

Judicial independence is a vital element of the United Kingdom’s uncodified
constitution. That its defence is a core part of the Lord Chancellor’s role is
uncontested. The Lord Chancellor must ensure that the judiciary are free to
act without undue pressure from the executive, that the executive respects
the outcome of court judgments, and that the legal system is adequately
resourced. (House of Lords, Select Committee on the Constitution
6th Report of Session 2014–15
)

 

….“judicial independence describes the position of a judge upon whom no outside influences are brought to bear, direct or indirect, in relation to the performance of his judicial duties”… (The Rt Hon. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, former Lord Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court)

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Lord Chancellor’s regard to the public interest reflects a tension between judicial independence and the need for proper scrutiny:

It requires efficient use of public funds in supporting the justice system, which highlights the need for judicial independence to be balanced with accountability. 

On the one hand you want public accountability for the expenditure of public money and public interest in the administration of justice, while on the other hand you want a system that acknowledges the importance of judicial independence and the autonomy of the judiciary.” (Professor Andrew Le Sueur, Professor of Constitutional Justice at the University of Essex, House of Lords, Select Committee on the Constitution
6th Report of Session 2014–15
)