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David Neuberger on the fundamental importance of the rule of law

The former Supreme Court president on legal aid cuts—and the vital importance of an independent judiciary

Gina Miller outside The Supreme Court, which rules in her favour on Article 50. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/PA Images

All modern civilised societies are built on two pillars: democracy and the rule of law. A critical lesson for 2019 is to remind ourselves of the importance of the second of these.

Democracy involves the legislature having to submit itself to regular elections. They engender great interest—politics is inherently headline-catching. But we hear much less about the rule of law: the people ultimately responsible for it, the judges,…

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