Monday, November 20, 2006

The people are the Attorney-General's clients

"There seems to be room to question whether the ordinary rules of client privilege, appropriate enough in other circumstances, should apply to a law officer's opinion on the lawfulness of war… It is not unrealistic in my view to regard the public, those who are to fight and to die, rather than the government, as the client." —Lord Bingham, the senior judge of our top court, the House of Lords.

"Whenever the attorney general gives his advice to the government on a legal issue that affects all of us - taxes, schools, hospitals, the nuclear future, climate change - the principle of client confidentiality should not apply. We, the people, should have the right to see what the attorney general says, when he says it." —Marcel Berlins

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