The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Judges vs. Ministers - Update

I have just received the following:-
"The Judicial Executive Board and the Judges’ Council held a joint meeting yesterday to consider the present state of the working group discussions between members of the judiciary and senior Ministry of Justice officials regarding constitutional safeguards to protect the independence of the judiciary and the proper administration of justice.

"It was reported to the meeting that much progress has been made, but no agreement has been reached and difficult issues remain.

"The Judicial Executive Board and Judges’ Council endorsed the position taken by the Lord Chief Justice and other members of the judiciary to date, and expressed their support for the continuing efforts to reach agreement.

"The meeting noted that the Lord Chief Justice is due to appear before the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Select Committee on 22nd May, on which date he will present a full report on the current position to Parliament."

It may be a while yet before the female person of size sings.