Patrick O’Brien: Judges and Select Committees: A Developing Accountability Culture – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 7th, 2015 in evidence, inquiries, judges, news, select committees, statistics by sally

‘When is a judge not a judge? Lady Justice Hallett carried out a public inquiry into the ‘On the runs’ scheme in 2014. In its report on the same issue in March 2015 the Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee commented rather sternly that

“we chose not to summon Lady Justice Hallett to attend, but we consider it to be a regrettable discourtesy to Parliament that she declined our initial invitation to give evidence to the Committee, especially as she had not acted in a judicial capacity when carrying out her review. [at para. 11]”‘

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th September 2015