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The Machinery of Justice in a Changing Wales

In recent years, immense changes have taken place in the machinery of government in Wales as a part of the process of devolution. Public attention has concentrated principally on the executive and legislative powers which have been transferred to new Welsh institutions under the Government of Wales Act 1998 and the Government of Wales Act 2006.1 However, the Report of the All Wales Convention chaired by Sir Emyr Jones Parry draws attention to another aspect of devolution, observing that ‘as devolution progresses, full account must be taken of the role and standing of the judiciary in Wales’.2 In this article, I propose to survey the present state of the judicial branch of government in Wales and to consider the extent to which it is adapting to meet the needs of a devolved Wales.3