Judges Assert Independence?

The Judges’ Council, a sort of trade union for the judiciary, slipped out its latest annual report on the day after the general election.

The council’s chairman, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, says in his foreword:

The Council has seen a number of changes to its role and membership since it was first set up in 1988. The last of these followed the implementation of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and the establishment of the Judicial Executive Board (JEB). The time is now right for these arrangements to be reviewed again, to ensure that the responsibilities and membership of the two bodies are appropriate, that there is a clear link between them and that, as a result, the Lord Chief Justice can hear the views of the whole of the judiciary on issues of importance. This review is now underway, with a view to the new arrangements being in place by the start of the new legal year.

What does this mean? I have read the passage several times and remain mystified.

Is the Judicial Executive Board, which has links with the government, pushing the judiciary around?

Perhaps the announcement means that Lord Judge is fed up with having officials drafting statements for him that conceal more than they reveal.

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