A separate legal jurisdiction for Wales
20 June 2012
A separate legal jurisdiction for Wales ( 110kb)
We believe that there are some general principles that should inform decision on a Welsh jurisdiction. All citizens in Wales should:
- have ready access to justice
- be able to find out what law applies in their circumstances
- be able to identify easily which elected representatives have the power to change that law
- be able to use English or Welsh in proceedings.
In a law-making Wales, citizens and organisations need to have:
- an awareness of the law: this requires that we have access to legislation; are alerted to proposals for change; are aware of cases involving that law
- an opportunity to contribute to its development, for example responding to consultations; reporting on how regulations are impacting; suggesting changes
- a sense of responsibility for, and ownership of, Welsh law, so that people are supportive of the law in general, but can call for change if necessary, or hold the law-makers to account.