Do judges have too much power?
Part of the Justice, Money and Power series at the City of London Festival 2015
Calls for an ‘independent judge-led inquiry’ have seemingly become a daily feature of political life whilst Conservative plans for a British Bill of Rights seek to reclaim British sovereignty from European courts. Have judges become the last bastion of trust in a cynical age, or an anti-democratic force in politics? Are politicians outsourcing their authority or are activist judges and lawyers over-stepping their boundaries? Does the rule of law have its limits, even in a free society?
barrister; legal writer
Jessica Simor QC
human rights barrister, Matrix Chambers
Anthony Speaight QC
member, UK Bill of Rights Commission
solicitor; legal editor, spiked; convenor, London Legal Salon