Administration of justice

Access to justice is both an important aspect of the rule of law and a protected right under the European Convention on Human Rights. The concept of access to justice has different elements to it, including:

  • the right to access the courts in order to resolve a legal dispute
  • the right to a fair trial and
  • the right to challenge the validity of acts and decisions taken by governmental or public bodies.

The administration of the justice system is not a devolved matter, and accordingly Senedd Cymru cannot legislate in relation to it.

England and Wales form a single legal jurisdiction, and share the same systems of courts and tribunals. His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service, an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, administers the justice system.

Published on
10 March 2021
Last updated
12 September 2022