Senior judges fear that a succession of recent laws pushed through by the government could fetter their ability to administer justice and to act as a check on the executive.

In a rare series of interviews, five judges in the high court and court of appeal have told the Guardian of their concerns about laws on sentencing, control orders for terror suspects, and public inquiries, which they see as attempts to limit their role.
Their worries at apparent attempts to marginalise the judges are echoed by other senior legal figures, including the former master of the rolls, Lord Donaldson.

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