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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 the National Assembly cannot legislate in relation to it.

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

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