Constitution Committee - Sixth Report
The office of Lord Chancellor

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 3 December 2014.


Terms of Reference


Chapter 1: Introduction

The Lord Chancellor in the twenty-first century

The pre-reform office of Lord Chancellor

Changes to the office since 2003

The role of the post-reform Lord Chancellor  

Chapter 2: The rule of law and judicial independence

What is the rule of law?

Box 1: Key provisions of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005

Box 2: Lord Bingham of Cornhill's eight principles of the rule of law

The Lord Chancellor's responsibilities in relation to the rule of law

Judicial independence

Beyond judicial independence

The scope of the Lord Chancellor's duty to the rule of law

Upholding the rule of law and judicial independence in practice

Other guardians

Within Government

The Law Officers' role

Outside Government

Chapter 3: A constitutional guardian in Government?

The role of Lord Chancellors before 2010

Current ministerial responsibility for the constitution

Chapter 4: The future of the office

Box 3: Criteria for appointment of the Lord Chancellor

Are special qualities required of a Lord Chancellor?

Legal qualification

Authority and seniority

The combination of the offices of Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Continuation of the office

Chapter 5: Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and Declarations of Interest

Appendix 2: List of Witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for Evidence

Evidence is published online at and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7218 5316)

Q in footnotes refers to a question in oral evidence

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