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David Neuberger: the power of judges in the UK

The former president of the supreme court on the relationship between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary

By David Neuberger  

Former President of the Supreme Court, David Neuberger, speaks to current President Brenda Hale. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images

There are three branches of government, the legislature (parliament), the executive (ministers, the civil service, local government, etc), and the judiciary. Although there is overlap between the first two (because ministers are also members of the legislature), the rule of law requires judges to be truly independent of the other two branches, and it also requires the judiciary not to get involved in investigating what goes on in parliament.

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