The Changing Constitution: A Case for Judicial Confirmation Hearings?
Study of Parliament Group, Paper No. 1 2010
47 Pages Posted: 16 May 2012
Date Written: January 2, 2010
This paper considers how constitutional changes, such as the introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Constitution Reform Act 2005 and the the increasing influence of administrative law have influenced the development of the judiciary as an institution. It argues that in order to address the accountability gap that has developed (following the introduction of a new system of judicial appointments) there could be merit in moving towards a confirmation process for the most senior judicial appointments.
Keywords: Judicial Appointments, Human Rights, Public Law
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