Judges on trial: are the courts of this country over-reaching themselves?
Due to Covid-19 we have decided to postpone this event. We will be in touch with a rescheduled date.
Michael Howard and Helena Kennedy debate the role of the courts—have they overstepped the mark or upheld constitutional norms?
Last autumn, the Supreme Court gave a sitting prime minister an unprecedented rap over the knuckles, by ruling Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament unlawful and void. For Johnson’s critics, this was a necessary reassertion of the rule of law against a government that was out of control. But for critics of the courts, the ruling was the culmination of a long and troubling trend for the judiciary to traipse onto political turf. One of those critics is Johnson himself, who is now back with a majority that he may seek to use to take the judges down a peg or two.
Prospect has covered the stand-off closely, and now plays host to a debate between two QCs—one a left-leaning human rights lawyer (Helena Kennedy), the other a prominent Conservative figure concerned about judicial activism (Michael Howard).
Come and take your seat in the jury box, and decide whether or not the judges are guilty as charged.
March 24 2020 18:30 - 20:30
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