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Lord Chancellors must be forced to rise above politics, lawyers tell Lords inquiry

28 Aug 2014
APIL news

Future Lord Chancellors must be released from the conflict of interest which comes from serving two masters, lawyers told a House of Lords committee in evidence this week.

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution is holding an inquiry into the Office of Lord Chancellor, which is currently combined with the role of Secretary of State for Justice. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has warned that unless changes to the role are made the Office of Lord Chancellor as it currently stands should cease to exist.

“The fundamental problem with the current role is that it combines the duties of an independent Lord Chancellor with the political role of Secretary of State for Justice, which generates an obvious and potentially serious conflict of interest,” said John Spencer, president of APIL.

The Lord Chancellor is responsible for defending the rule of law, and ensuring that any political changes do not affect the independence of the legal system. The role of secretary of state is responsible for making improvements to the criminal justice, prison system, as well as the strategy on criminal justice, penal policy, human rights and rehabilitation.

John continued; “An individual cannot reasonably be expected to defend the rule of law and the independence of the courts while promoting a political agenda as secretary of state.”


Notes to editors:

  •         Callfor evidence can be found here

  •          APILevidence can be found here

  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) is a not-for-profit organisation whose members are dedicated to campaigning for improvements in the law to help people who are injured or become ill through no fault of their own.
  • For more information contact APIL's press and communications officers Jane Hartwell on t: 0115 943 5416, m: 07808 768623, e: [email protected], or Tim Carter t: 0115 943 5409, e: [email protected].
  • Visit the association's website at www.apil.org.uk.
  • Follow @APIL on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APIL.

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