The Lord Chief Justice’s Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts is the first time such a review has been published on behalf of the judiciary.
The review identifies matters of importance to the judiciary and the administration of justice in England and Wales.
In his introduction, Lord Phillips explains:
“My aim is to increase public understanding of the role of judges, the way we do our job, and our constitutional role. Our job is to do justice, to maintain the rule of law, and to decide disputes between citizens and between citizens and governmental authorities impartially.
“The principle of the independence of the judiciary and its impartiality is deeply embedded in our common law and now enshrined in the Constitutional Reform Act. Increased understanding of its importance and its implications will also help to set the context for considering what judges may properly do and what they may not do.
“I hope that this will serve to strengthen understanding between the judiciary, Parliament and government. We recognise the boundaries of our role and the need to accord proper respect to the respective roles of the other two branches of the state, and that of the media, and we hope and expect that they will do the same in respect of our role.”