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Role of the Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers

Inquiry

The Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers (the Attorney General, Solicitor General and Advocate General for Scotland) are Government ministers with particular constitutional and legal responsibilities (notably, in upholding the rule of law).

This inquiry will focus on how these roles currently operate and how they have evolved since the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, which fundamentally altered the role of the Lord Chancellor. In particular it will examine the extent to which office holders are able to remain impartial given their position in the executive branch of Government, and whether their ability to uphold the rule of law and defend the independence of the judiciary is affected.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 18 March 2022.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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7 September 2022
Inquiry Role of the Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers
Witnesses The Rt Hon Jack Straw (former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (2007-10) at Ministry of Justice)
Committees Constitution Committee
Oral Evidence
6 July 2022
Inquiry Role of the Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers
Witnesses Lord Garnier (former Solicitor General for England and Wales (2010-12) at Attorney General's Office), and The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC (former Attorney General for England and Wales, and Advocate General for Northern Ireland (2010-14) at Attorney General's Office)
Committees Constitution Committee
Oral Evidence
22 June 2022
Inquiry Role of the Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers
Witnesses The Rt Hon David Gauke (former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (2018-19) at Ministry of Justice), and Lord Clarke of Nottingham (former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (2010-12) at Ministry of Justice)
Committees Constitution Committee
Oral Evidence
RLC0020 - Role of the Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers
Witnesses The Rt Hon Jack Straw (former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (2007-10) at Ministry of Justice)
Committees Constitution Committee
Written Evidence
RLC0017 - Role of the Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers
Witnesses Society of Labour Lawyers
Committees Constitution Committee
Written Evidence
RLC0018 - Role of the Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers
Witnesses The Bar Council
Committees Constitution Committee
Written Evidence

Other publications

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Contact us

  • Email: constitution@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 5960 (committee staff) | 020 7219 8286 (Press Officer)
  • Address: Constitution Committee, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW