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Enemies of the People?

How Judges Shape Society

By Joshua Rozenberg

Published

21 Apr 2020

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529204506

Dimensions

216 x 148 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

21 Apr 2020

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529204520

Dimensions

216 x 148 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)
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    Do judges use the power of the state for the good of the nation? Or do they create new laws in line with their personal views?

    When newspapers reported a court ruling on Brexit, senior judges were shocked to see themselves condemned as enemies of the people.

    But, faced with problems ranging from religious discrimination to end-of-life decisions, the judges cannot avoid hard choices.

    In this fascinating book, Britain’s best-known commentator on the law, Joshua Rozenberg, asks how the judges can maintain public confidence while balancing conflicting interests.

    “A brilliant, readable and timely survey of a topic of central importance in our troubled times. Joshua Rozenberg has produced a gripping account, including very recent material.” Dinah Rose, QC, Blackstone Chambers

    "A very readable and engaging book which I'd certainly recommend to students as part of their introduction to common law. It uses high-profile cases to demonstrate how cautiously the judges proceed." Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (hon), University College London

    "Never before have our judges been under greater scrutiny. But what they do and how they do it remains mysterious to many. There is an urgency to the themes tackled in this book. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of this vital branch of government." Catherine Dobson, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge

    “This is a book for lawyers, journalists, students and the concerned citizen. There is no more trusted and knowledgeable commentator than Joshua Rozenberg to hold up a mirror to the judges and to the public wherein each sees the other.” Baroness Ruth Deech, DBE QC (hon)

    "This urgent and timely book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of our democracy and the proper role of the legal system within it. Through deft analysis of recent case law, Rozenberg comprehensively de-bunks the pernicious myth of an activist judiciary whose actions improperly impinge on the exercise of executive power." Dr Natalie Byrom, The Legal Education Foundation

    "Joshua Rozenberg’s views are clear throughout this engaging study of the role of the judiciary in contemporary Britain. At times he seems positively prescient. We need this sort of contribution to our current and frenzied debates." Sara Nathan OBE, former Judicial Appointments Commissioner

    "An informed and entertaining account of the role of our judges in deciding sensitive cases by our pre-eminent legal commentator." Lord Pannick QC, Blackstone Chambers

    "A highly readable, hard-hitting and perceptive defence of our judges against the accusation that they are too activist. It should be read by anyone interested in this important constitutional question." Rt Hon Lord Dyson, former judge

    Joshua Rozenberg is the only full-time journalist to have been appointed Queen’s Counsel honoris causa. After taking a law degree at Oxford he trained as a solicitor. He is an honorary Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn and a non-executive board member of the Law Commission.

    Joshua was the BBC’s legal correspondent for 15 years before moving to newspapers. He now presents the popular Radio 4 series Law in Action, which he launched in 1984 and appears regularly on other news networks in the UK and abroad.

    Introduction;

    The law and the constitution;

    Criminal law;

    Family life;

    End-of-life decisions;

    Discrimination;

    Religious observance;

    Freedom of expression;

    Access to justice;

    Conclusions.