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Lord Chief Justice drops the mic on tabloid journo

Where is the ‘dividing line is between criticism and abuse’, asks Lord Thomas

1 December 2016

Considering the numerous attacks aimed at him in the media of late, few would have blamed Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd if he had decided to call off his annual press conference in London last week.

Fortunately for members of the press, the Lord Chief Justice is far from thin skinned and answered a variety of questions put to him from the importance of English and Welsh law post-Brexit, tougher alternatives to prison, the disproportionate impact of sentencing on ethnic minorities, and even the date of his impending retirement.

Asked by the BBC’s Clive Coleman to comment on the unprecedented criticism of the judges in recent weeks, Lord Thomas said judicial independence was ‘paramount’.

‘We are an attractive jurisdiction because everyone knows … we are totally ...

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