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Hands Off Judges
The 'modernising' of the judiciary by politicians, and their insistence judges be cosy with senior civil servants, undermines a centuries-old institution
‘Why did a member of the University and College Union sue it for supporting academic boycotts of Israel?’
Law of the Land
‘The Muslim Council wants Muslims to be able to settle family disputes according to Islamic principles. Fine, but only if those principles are consistent with the law of the land’
"I emerged from my spell of jury service with an enhanced respect for the law; any ruler who is above the law — as EU institutions are in effect — is a tyrant"
Tomorrow’s Legal Landscape
‘For 30 years, Richard Susskind has been predicting how the legal profession will be changed by technology. He has been proved right’
'Why did it take you so many years for Abu Hamza to be extradited to the US? The main reason was delay in the European Court of Human Rights
'We should respect the rights of those with religious convictions so long as those beliefs do not conflict with the rights of others'
'The offence of "scandalising the court" is obsolete. Judges who are traduced should either rise above it or sue for libel'
Judiciously Choosing Judges
'To protect the priceless asset of judicial independence, we need to take great care over the way we choose our judges'
'Surely tax avoidance is perfectly legal? Not when you are a multinational corporation operating in the third world, it seems'
The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”
The king of cakes
"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above