Lord Chief Justice questioned by Committee in annual session
1 April 2019
The Constitution Committee holds its annual evidence session with The Rt. Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
Wednesday 3 April in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
- The Rt. Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
- In a recent lecture you said that "progress in achieving a diverse judiciary at the most senior levels has been slower than elsewhere". What barriers are preventing sufficient progress? How are you seeking to address this issue?
- What conversations have you had with the Lord Chancellor and with the Sentencing Council to discuss the implementation of the Government's recent announcement that Ministers were considering abolishing sentences of six months and less?
- You have previously described courts as operating in conditions which are “suboptimal” and that some court buildings are in "a terrible state". What impact is this having on access to justice and what steps are you taking with the Government to address it?
- Do you anticipate that Brexit will result in an increase in litigation? If so, what impact would this have on the judicial system?
Image: House of Lords / Photography by Chris Moyse