Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary, has called on Britain's leading judges to “promote themselves to the public”. This comes ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May's triggering of Article 50 on Wednesday 29 March - which is likely to generate another round of public scrutiny for the judiciary.
Liz Truss had previously been criticised for failing to come to the defence of the judiciary after they were declared "the enemy of the people" by The Daily Mail.
The role and independence of the judiciary is vital to uphold our democratic system. However, should it be up to each individual judge to promote themselves in the media in defence of their role?
The justice secretary has urged Britain’s top judges to launch a media offensive to explain the importance of an independent judiciary, saying they will face tougher public scrutiny after Brexit. Liz Truss, who was criticised last year for failing to stand up for High Court judges after the Daily Mail labelled them “enemies of the people”, warned the judiciary that the attack by the media was a sign of things to come.