Skip to main content to reject judicial warrants for surveillance

Posted by malcolm on Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 15:24

The forthcoming Investigatory Powers bill will give ministers, not judges, the power to authorise surveillance warrants, according to The Sun.

The Home Secretary has reportedly consulted the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, who rejected David Anderson QC’s recommendation that “judicial commissioners” should be put in charge of authorising surveillance warrants.

A government minister told The Sun:

The Attorney General’s advice was very clear. It would be totally irresponsible of government to allow the legal system to dictate to us on matters as important as terrorism. Not only would they tie things in knots very quickly, but they are not elected and answerable to no-body. Who is held to account by the public if a bomb gets through because they refused to sign off a warrant?

Tory backbencher David Davis called the move “a mistake”.

We will remain the only one of all the five eye ally countries – the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – who won’t have judges’ sign off. Not only is it more appropriate, it is also a far better use of the Home Secretary’s time. If she is having to sign off 10 warrants a day, she can’t possibly do it with the proper scrutiny needed.

The Investigatory Powers Bill is expected to be published in November.

With over 770 members connecting from over 76 different countries worldwide, LINX members have access to direct routes from a large number of diverse international peering partners.

© London Internet Exchange, 2018 Registered office: London Internet Exchange Limited, 2nd Floor, Trinity Court, Trinity Street, Peterborough PE1 1DA United Kingdom . Registered in England, Number: 3137929
VAT Registration Number: GB 665 9580 82 Head office main telephone number Telephone: +44 (0)1733 207700 Fax: +44 (0)1733 207729

Web Design by Web Design by Bluestorm Design & Marketing

Leave Feedback


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are essential to make our site work and have already been set. By using our site you accept the terms of our Privacy Policy.