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Friday, 29 January 2016

christopher_forsyth_0.jpgOn 21 December 2015 Professor Christopher Forsyth gave evidence in Parliament to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill on the "double lock" and the "principles of judicial review". His evidence can be found on the Judicial Power Project website.

On 25 January Professor Forsyth also gave evidence to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information on the operation of the Ministerial Veto in section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. His report Judging the Public Interest: The rule of law vs. the rule of courts written with co-author Richard Ekins is also available at the Judicial Power website.

Commenting on the paper, Lord Hoffmann of Chedworth, a former Law Lord, said:

"The courts are rightly jealous to protect the rights of the individual against the power of the majority, but questions of the general public interest such as the functioning of the monarchy are surely a matter for democratic decision."

Transcripts of the proceedings of the Commission, along with video recordings of the evidence, are available on the website.  Professor Forsyth's oral evidence is available in the video below starting at 43 minutes.