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The Attorney General and Contempt of Court – Some Political and Constitutional Concerns

MCGARRY, John (2023) The Attorney General and Contempt of Court – Some Political and Constitutional Concerns. Legal Studies. ISSN 0261-3875

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The Attorney General for England and Wales is the Government’s Senior Law Officer who, inter alia, initiates certain kinds of legal proceedings. She is also a politician: a member of the House of Commons or the House of Lords and appointed to Government by the Prime Minister. This article considers the Attorney General’s role in initiating contempt proceedings against fellow politicians. I detail a number of cases where politicians have been involved in potential contempts by publication. I argue that, in such cases, the Attorney General’s position may amount to an actual or perceived conflict of interest and may breach the justice should be seen to be done principle.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public law; Attorney General; conflict of interest; contempt of court
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Law
Depositing User: John MCGARRY
Date Deposited: 22 May 2023 13:34
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2023 14:58

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