Few would disagree with the following statement: a strong, independent judiciary is integral to a well-governed, democratic country.
Lord Neuberger has voiced his concern that the lack of top-quality judges could threaten the future of the City of London and, indeed, the UK's position post-Brexit. With judges becoming increasingly disillusioned with the role due to factors such as inadequate pay and deteriorating working conditions, and top lawyers unwilling to take on such an important job, we as a nation should be extremely concerned.
There is no doubt that the UK judiciary plays a key role in providing legal clarity, setting precedents and helping to hold the government to account. We simply cannot afford to lose our judges.
The question becomes, what are we as a country going to do about it?
A shortage of top-quality judges is threatening the future of the City of London and Britain’s prospects outside the EU, the president of the Supreme Court has warned. Lord Neuberger said that a “first-class judiciary” was essential for the “whole financial and professional services industries” that were “so vital to the fortunes of this country, perhaps particularly in the post-Brexit world”. He added that there was an increasing proportion of “refuseniks” – first-class advocates deciding not to be judges – which could become a problem if unabated.