Latest Issue

Judges in the dock: the inside story of the battle for Britain’s courts

The judiciary has made a slow march to the heart of politics. But as Boris Johnson plots his revenge, have the judges overplayed their hand?

Months after humiliating the prime minister, the judiciary is now on trial itself

In mid-October, there was an unusual book launch at the UK Supreme Court. In a crowded room at the top of a grand staircase, leading judges, advocates and legal commentators rubbed shoulders, sipped wine and enjoyed canapés, just as you’d expect. But among them were kids darting around the corridors. For the assembled jurists were not here to celebrate some legal treatise or academic tome but a children’s book. Equal to Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court by Afua Hirsch tells the story of Lady Hale, the court’s president from 2017 to January 2020, from her childhood in Yorkshire through…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect