Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Major Constitutional Reform in the UK

As of this Monday, the English Constitutional Reform Act 2005 is in force.

Some of the major effects of the reform are to:
  • define a new role for the Lord Chancellor
  • define a new role for the Lord Chief Justice
  • create a newly-created independent Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales
  • create a Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman
  • create an Office for Judicial Complaints

The biggest change is that the UK's Lord Chancellor will no longer combine the roles of the country's senior judge, a government minister and speaker of the House of Lords.

As well, the Act also establishes a new, independent Supreme Court, separate from the House of Lords with its own independent appointments system, its own staff and budget. It should start up in 2009.

The BBC explains more.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 5:11 pm


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