What are Lord Chancellors for?

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Analyses the role of the Lord Chancellor after the reforms to the office introduced by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and the appointment in 2012 of the first non-lawyer Lord Chancellor in the modern era, Chris Grayling. Compares both the functions of the office before and after the 2005 reforms and the scope available to the "old" and "new" Lord Chancellors to assume policy leadership on administration of justice matters. Assesses whether the "new" Lord Chancellors serve as effective guardians of the independence of the judiciary and the courts.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-27
Number of pages17
JournalPublic Law
Issue numberJanuary
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Constitutional reform, Judicial independence, Lord Chancellor