Bar Council comments on independence of the judiciary

12 September 2019

The Bar Council comments on the independence of the judiciary in the United Kingdom. 

Richard Atkins QC, Chair of the Bar Council, said: "The United Kingdom is a country built on the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary is a fundamental pillar of our democracy.

"I strongly urge those in positions of authority not to undermine the courts or judges. Without the legal protections that the courts afford we are all in peril. The Bar Council expects the Government to uphold the rule of law in this country.

"The Bar Council is also pleased to see that the Lord Chancellor acted swiftly and in accordance with his oath of office to protect the courts and judges." 

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Notes to editors: 

In November 2016, The Bar Council passed a resolution calling on the then Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss, to condemn attacks on the judiciary arising out of the Article 50 litigation that year.