‘To protect the priceless asset of judicial independence, we need to take great care over the way we choose our judges’

Travel and subsistence claims for senior judges are to be published from October. The announcement, obviously a reaction to the scandal of MPs’ expenses, was made by the Lord Chief Justice on the last day of the legal term.

It is a shame that journalists are not taking the opportunity to report how family courts work, District Judge Lynne Roberts told the Today programme this morning. But nobody should be very surprised.