President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger closed the Global Law Summit by asking attendees to take away and act on the more challenging messages that they had heard at the summit.
‘The danger of a gathering like this,’ Neuberger said, is that it is held in a ‘self-congratulatory bubble’ where it was easy to ‘say the right things’. By contrast, doing the right thing could be ‘daunting’, he warned.
Neuberger cited the need to protect the rights and access to justice of ‘prisoners and asylum seekers’, and made reference to the importance of public funding. A commitment to the rule of law ‘costs money’, he said, ‘to provide courts and to employ a first-rate judiciary’.
Judges for their part, Neuberger added, had a duty to focus on minimising the time and cost involved in achieving justice.