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Are judges independent or neutral?

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Are judges independent or neutral? (30marks) Alex McNichol 12Dii Judges are supposed to be totally independent from the government. They are there to protect the rights of citizens in Britain. The government says that the Lord Chancellor despite the fact they are appointed by the Government are still 100% independent and neutral. This I personally find difficult to agree with as the government pays the bills of the Judges, the government is able to sack judges and the more the judges agree with the government the more the government likes them. ...read more.

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The government at the moment is able to overrule any decision made by the judicial system; this concludes that the government really has very little power. Despite the fact the government claims they have nothing to do with the system if it came down to a really important decision they would have the power to alter the outcome. Judges are paid a huge amount to prevent them from being tempted by bribery. With the large pay check that they receive each year they are expected to make calculated and fair conclusions. ...read more.

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These older Judges are surly not going to have the same view or even comprehend a view of a youth from for example Essex who has stolen because they need the money. Judges in the past have always seemed rather hostile towards trade unions, this may have been because they are representatives of the working class but also due to the fact the trade unions didn't have the money to fund industrial disputes in court. In 1987 it was pointed out that black defendants always seemed to receive long sentences that white defendants, this was an obvious lack of neutrality in those particular judges' cases. ...read more.

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