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The Judiciary and Civil Liberties Assignment 3 To what extent are judges politically neutral In theory there should be no political role for judges but in practice there is Ministers and their departments can break the law MPs can be charged with breaking laws about election expenses and civil servants can be charged with handing over secrets about their political bosses A member of the judiciary has to decide whether they will be charged and if so what they will be charged with and also has to preside over the trial and death with sentencing if they are found guilty Judges decisions can make life easy or difficult for ministers Mps and civil servants so in this respect their decisions are bound to be political One example was when the Thatcher government tried to ban key civil servants working at GCHQ the top-secret government communications centre from joining a trade union It was a judge who had to rule whether the government had the power to take away this right Judicial independence and neutrality is an important theory - that all judges must be independent from any outside pressures such as from a political party or cabinet minister They may well have to sit in judgment on a politician or minister so it is important to the political system that judges are not dependent on politicians or ministers for pay promotion or keeping their job Judges decisions should be made without any fear of reprisal however unpopular these decisions might be with a government or a political party There are concerns that the most senior judge - the lord chancellor - is essentially a party politician and a member of the executive as well as the legislature in this case the House of Lords Inevitably there is fear that appointments and promotions will advance those who favour the Lord Chancellors government and party In addition there is a concern
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