The Court of Common Council, the City of London Corporation’s decision-making body, has overwhelmingly backed a motion expressing its “full and unequivocal support” for the UK’s judiciary and their role in upholding the rule of law.
In a meeting at Guildhall, elected Members voted “that the continued success of the City of London as a world financial and professional services centre is underpinned by a strong, trusted and independent judicial system”.
The motion also said that the City Corporation will renew its commitment to promoting the rule of law and providing court facilities in the Square Mile for the benefit of the City, the Capital, and the country.
A letter expressing support for the judiciary from the Court of Common Council will now be sent to the President of the Supreme Court, the Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales, the Lord President of the Court of Session of Scotland, and the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.
The letter will be copied to the Attorney General, the Lord Chancellor, and the Speakers of the Houses of Commons and Lords.
Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City Corporation, said: “[The] motion is an affirmation of our long-standing commitment to promote the rule of law and our role in the provision of court facilities for the wider public good.
“This is a role we are proud to play, and why we are developing a new state-of-the-art combined courts facility dedicated to tackling economic crime, which will benefit not just the City, but the rest of London and the UK as a whole.
“We will continue to support the justice system in years to come, recognising the rule of law as a cornerstone of national prosperity and stability.”