Speech by The Right Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon: The Age of Reform

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Sir Henry Brooke was ahead of his time. No doubt he was frustrated that obvious improvements in the way justice could be delivered foundered on lack of money, inertia, innate conservatism and the skilful deployment of arguments by groups that elegantly conceal self-interest. But his vision of harnessing technology to the service of the interests of justice, of unblocking the sclerotic arteries of jurisdictional divisions and of deploying judges more flexibly is in the process of being delivered, in part, through what is rather grandiloquently called “the Reform Programme”. I like to think of it as long overdue modernisation of a system which has been neglected by Governments for decades. I welcome the unequivocal commitment of the Ministry of Justice and Treasury to provide the funds for the programme but emphasise that their support is not founded in altruism. The changes envisaged will deliver savings. This is a programme which will pay for itself rapidly.

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