Magazine article The Spectator

Gresham's Law in the High Court of Justice -- It's the Great Judicial Inflation

Magazine article The Spectator

Gresham's Law in the High Court of Justice -- It's the Great Judicial Inflation

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There is so much judicial inflation these days that it was a pity to demonetise Mr Justice Harman. He was the genuine coinage and from now on it will be scarcer. The arithmetic speaks for itself, as he did. We have 97 High Court judges, when a lifetime ago we got along with 35 of them. Now we have 35 Lords Justices of Appeal to sit in judgment on them, and to put Harman J. down and force his resignation - complete with a sailor's farewell from Lord Irvine. All of them are by-products of the great litigatory inflation which has allowed so many cases to go on and on without risk to the individual litigant and at the taxpayer's expense. The judges get a knighthood on appointment and a pension later, so long as they remember in the meantime to keep their noses clean and their mouths shut. If they do not know the names of footballers or pop groups they can always keep quiet about it. …

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