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Lenient Judges

Asked whether the Prime Minister had a view on the Sun’s campaign against soft judges, the PMOS remarked that he had expected this question when he had seen the Sun’s journalist come in. No doubt the answer would be longer than he might hope for. It was important in this country that judges remained independent of government and other pressures. It was also equally important that the court system respected the views of victims and the impact of crime on victims. We had a system whereby if the Attorney General believed that a sentence was too lenient it could be appealed to the Court of Appeal. This was the way the current system worked and the published list showed where this had happened. A separate process overseen by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice was in place, quite rightly, for when it was believed that a judge should face disciplinary action.

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