The judiciary and politics
in British politics today
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In the past, the judiciary was seen as somewhat peripheral, irrelevant even. This chapter explains that it is no longer the case now. Judicial activism has worked in such a way as to make the judiciary less subordinate. As many members of the executive and legislature have judicial roles, it cannot be said that the courts are either truly subordinate or truly autonomous. The chapter discusses the British court system and its two branches, criminal law and civil law, and the division of responsibilities of the court judges. Being a member of the European Community, all European law is UK law. British courts have a precautionary role in interpreting law to see if it is congruent with European law, thus strengthening their role. This further strengthens judges, as it adds a new dimension to domestic law: human rights. The chapter also highlights the reforms undertaken in the judiciary since 205.

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