Where is the line between legitimate accountability and calling judges ’enemies of the people’?

The Law Society Junior Lawyers Division hold an annual essay competition – asking for a 2000 word essay on their set question. I decided to enter.  This year’s question was: “Where is the line between legitimate accountability and calling judges ’enemies of the people’?”

The scope of the question seemed quite wide, so I narrowed it to explore the historical use of defamation proceedings by the judiciary as well as the common law offence of scandalising the judiciary and its recent abolition. I peppered it with lovely quotes from the trusty Lord Denning.

Although I didn’t win, I was very happy when I learned the judging panel decided to place it “Highly Commended” alongside another essay (no harsh criticism from me!)

You can read it here on the Law Society website.

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