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What reforms to the lord chancellor and attorney general are peers demanding?
The House of Lords constitution committee announced 11 months ago that it would be examining the most important constitutional posts in the UK government: those held by the lord chancellor and the law officers, who are led by the attorney general.
Peers were not afraid to ask the big questions:
Have the reforms to the role of lord chancellor introduced by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 been successful?
Is it appropriate or helpful for the law officers, as government legal advisers, to be politicians serving in government?
How effectively do the lord chancellor and the attorney protect the rule of law?
For most of the time that the committee was taking oral evidence, those posts were held by Dominic Raab and Suella Braverman. What did they tell the committee? And what reforms to the roles of lord chancellor and the attorney general are peers now demanding?
To find out, you can read the committee’s report, published earlier this week, or a summary. But why not start with my assessment in today’s Law Society Gazette? And then judge for yourself how easy it will be for the government to implement what the committee recommends.
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