QBD head Sir John Thomas named as Lord Chief Justice

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  • Dick replaces Judge as LCJ - interesting!

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  • Your last two paragraphs warrant queries and comments:

    He added that he would endeavour to maintain confidence in the judiciary and its ”high standards of integrity and impartiality”.
    He says of his predecessor: “He is universally admired for his deep commitment to justice, the independence of the judiciary”.
    But where is justice to be found?
    What would Stephanie Bottrill have said when she was left with nowhere to turn?
    Why had she felt that for her there was no justice?
    Could Thomas have enlightened her?
    With all the “services” “available”, as claimed by those who have most recently shown their vociferous professional opposition to threatened cuts to Legal Aid, why didn’t Ms Bottrill find any help?
    And why didn’t she feel that the courts offered her any support?
    Whatever might have so prejudiced her against the role of the court system?
    Thomas LJ also pledged that the judiciary would “play a constructive role in its relationships with Government, Parliament and the media, but with the tensions that are inevitable in maintaining the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the rights of individuals.”
    What are the rights of individuals who are being denied the say by the legal system about their rights that are violated daily?

    0758 GMT Thursday 25 July 2013

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