Hacking trial ~ judge criticises PM Cameron

Whilst the relationship between the judiciary and executive branch of UK government is often tense (with governments wanting to introduce policies legitimated by their mandate, and an independent judiciary keen to ensure the rule of law, order and rights are maintained), it is rare that serving prime ministers are openly criticised by the judiciary for “contempt of court” (i.e. The offense of being disobedient to or disrespectful of a court of law and its officers in the form of behavior that opposes or defies the authority, justice, process and dignity of the court).

However, Cameroon’s self-distancing public apology for appointing Andy Coulson as his press secretary in 2007, made whilst the jury were still deliberating Mr Coulson’s case following the Leveson Inquiry , was “very concerning” according to Mr Justice saunders QC.

Read this article for an insight into this, as it is a good example of the inherent tensions that often exist between the judicial process and political process. Perfect for Unit 2’s Judges & Civil Liberties topic & questions on judicial independence, judicial relations with the executive branch and the concept of contempt of court in relation to politics.

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