Should judges lead public inquiries?

The appointment of former Court of Appeal judge Lady Butler-Sloss as chair of the recently announced inquiry into historical allegations of child abuse attracted criticism principally because of suggestions of the appearance of a conflict of interest. Although, in the face of such criticism, she has now resigned, the broader—and more fundamental—question remains: should judges lead public inquiries at all?

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New book on accountability

Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution, edited by Nicholas Bamforth and Peter Leyland, has just been published by Oxford University Press. Full details of the book can be found here on the OUP website. My chapter is entitled “Ombudsmen, tribunals, inquiries: re-fashioning accountability beyond the courts”. Continue reading “New book on accountability”