The Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss, has extolled the importance of judges speaking out about what they do, especially once the UK leaves the EU. The independence of the judiciary is one of the cornerstones underpinning the rule of law and is a vital component in the balance of power. Both judges and the Lord Chancellor have a vital role to play in explaining the significance and importance of an independent judiciary.
Judges must go on a PR offensive if they are to withstand the greater scrutiny that will come about after Brexit, the lord chancellor has urged. Liz Truss, who came under fire last year for failing to defend them when attacked as “enemies of the people” in a newspaper headline, has told judges that they must speak out if they are to maintain public confidence. When the UK leaves the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, the Supreme Court will become the final court of appeal and command “even greater attention”, she said. Repeating comments she made recently to the Lords constitution committee, Ms Truss told The Financial Times that she would encourage judges to “speak out about the important work they do to ensure it is widely understood”.