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  • 1. Lord Chief Justice – head of the judiciary By Mrs Hilton
  • 2. Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales On 3rd April 2006, when the  Constitutional Reform Act 2005 came into force, the Lord Chief Justice became head of the judiciary of England and Wales, a role previously held by the Lord Chancellor.  The current Lord Chief Justice is also Head of Criminal Justice and President of the Courts of England and Wales.
  • 3. Who is the current Lord Chef Justice? Lord Phillips of  Worth Matravers Where have we  seen him before?
  • 4. Who’s the other chap?
  • 5. Sentencing Guidelines Council? Haven’t we seen him somewhere  before?
  • 6. Key responsibilities Under the Constitutional Reform Act  2005, the Lord Chief Justice has some 400 statutory duties. His key responsibilities include: ◦ Representing the views of the judiciary of England and Wales to Parliament and Government. ◦ The welfare, training and guidance of the judiciary in England and Wales within resources made available by the Lord Chancellor. The Lord Chief Justice discusses with Government the provision of resources for the judiciary. ◦ The deployment of judges and allocation of work in courts in England and Wales.
  • 7. What else? Sits on important criminal, civil and family cases. He  gives judgments and lays down practice directions in many of the most important appeal cases. Shares responsibility with the Lord Chancellor for the  Office for Judicial Complaints, the body which investigates complaints made against judicial office holders. Chairs the Sentencing Guidelines Council, a public  body designed to support sentencers in their decision- making, and encourage consistency in sentencing throughout the court system. Chairs the Judicial Executive Board and the Judges’  Council, two bodies which assist him in managing his responsibilities. Is also President of the Magistrates’ Association. Is President of the Courts of England and Wales and  may hear cases in any English or Welsh court, including Magistrates’ Courts.
  • 8. What act changed the way the head of  the judiciary was arranged? Who is the current head of the  judiciary? What is his title? 