The Ministry of Justice began operations last week [JURIST report], as a controversial split of the traditional Home Office [official website] went into effect. Critics of the split have expressed concern over its likely effectiveness, and even doubt its constitutional advisability. Late last month the former Lord Chief Justice of English and Wales Lord Woolf said that shifting the traditional position of Lord Chancellor into the Ministry of Justice represented a major constitutional change [JURIST report] that should be undertaken only after serious study and not rushed through, warning that the responsibilities of the Lord Chancellor in the expanded Ministry might water down his traditionally close relationship with judges. From London, the Times has local coverage.
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