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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: The Law of Wales – Looking Forward


Speech by the Lord Chief Justice  at the Legal Wales Conference 9 October 2015

“Almost exactly 15 years ago, when a Presiding Judge in Wales, I gave a lecture entitled Legal Wales: Its modern origin and its role after devolution: National Identity, the Welsh Language and Parochialism.1 By modern I meant post 1830 (the date of the abolition of the Courts of Great Session). I traced the history of the courts in Wales, the Welsh Language and the interrelationship with the various Home Rule proposals. I concluded by pointing out how parochialism and introspection had severely damaged the administration of justice in Wales and expressed the hope that post devolution Legal Wales would develop in an innovative and outward looking way.”

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