The Judicial Office — the team of officials who support the senior judiciary — have published the their “business plan” for the coming year. This is the sort of document that would have been published by the Ministry of Justice if the Lord Chancellor had remained head of the judiciary
You can get some idea of the constitutional change by reading the following extract from the introduction by Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice:
The Constitutional Reform Act imposed new and wider responsibilities for administrative matters on the Lord Chief Justice as head of the judiciary.
So it comes about that I am writing a preface to a Business Plan, a step which even two years ago would have been regarded as revolutionary, indeed beyond imagination.
But times change, and however they do change, for the purposes of the judiciary, our independence and effectiveness must be reinforced.