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Speech by President of the Queen’s Bench Division: JUSTICE Annual Human Rights Conference


Increasing efficiency in criminal justice whilst respecting human rights

Why is JUSTICE as an organisation so important? The answer is simple. JUSTICE can do things that neither I nor other members of the serving judiciary can. JUSTICE can enter the political fray and ask difficult questions; it can challenge, hold to account and make life uncomfortable for those who present policies that contradict its fundamental philosophy. Judges must avoid political controversy and cannot enter into public debate on their judgments or other contentious legal issues. It is, for example, why I have declined to speak publicly about developments in press regulation since my Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.

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