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Lord Bingham and the role of the courts: A response to Helena Kennedy

As the great judge knew, judicial review has limits

By John Bowers  

Bingham in 1996. Photo: Adam Butler/PA Archive/PA Images

My friend Helena Kennedy is right to praise Lord Bingham and to say that the government’s prorogation of parliament demonstrates a contempt for the rule of law, but I part company from her in the suggestion that the very notion of a review of the way judicial review works is “constitutional vandalism.” I also doubt that the judges will be “intimidated” by this new body as she fears. On the contrary, I believe that a review of…

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