Judges on trial: are the courts of this country over-reaching themselves?

Tue 24 Mar 2020, 18:30 - 20:30

Prospect, 2 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9AA

This event has unfortunately been cancelled

Last autumn, the Supreme Court gave a sitting prime minister an unprecedented rap over the knuckles, by ruling Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament unlawful and void. For Johnson's critics, this was a necessary reassertion of the rule of law against a government that was out of control. But for critics of the courts, the ruling was the culmination of a long and troubling trend for the judiciary to traipse onto political turf. One of those critics is Johnson himself, who is now back with a majority that he may seek to use to take the judges down a peg or two.

Prospect has covered the stand-off closely, and now plays host to a debate between two QCs—one a left-leaning human rights lawyer, the other a prominent Conservative figure concerned about judicial activism. Come and take your seat in the jury box, and decide whether or not the judges are guilty as charged.

Lord Michael Howard, QC
Baroness Helena Kennedy Hon FBA, QC; Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Booking required
£12 - Non-subscribers
£10 - Prospect subscribers
Free - Editors Club members and British Academy Fellows

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