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I'll be very interested to see what Sir Stephen, who has a great deal of experience in this area, and his team have to suggest finally, and of course there will be an opportunity for that to be presented and discussed. But once one seeks to permit judges to take account of this feature or that future, there has to be some jurisdictional basis for them so to do. There has to be something that says, "You can take this into account", otherwise judges are acting outwith the law, and whatever we do and however well we do it or we don't do it, we try to do it consistently with our obligations to respect the law, whether it be a statute or common law.

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