Tory peer Lord Keen condemns 'ill-informed' press attacks on judiciary
The Government has condemned "sensationalist and ill-informed attacks" on the judiciary by the press after last week's Brexit court ruling.
Ministry of Justice spokesman Lord Keen of Elie told peers at question time: "We have a judiciary of the highest calibre. We have a free press which is not always of the highest calibre.
"Sensationalist and ill-informed attacks can undermine public confidence in the judiciary. But our public can have every confidence in our judiciary and it is a confidence, I believe, that must be shared by the Executive."
Lord Keen was responding to Tory former justice minister Lord Faulks who said: "Last week saw a disgraceful attack on the judiciary.
"Would you take this opportunity to show the Government's support for the entire cohort of the judiciary, whether it be the Supreme Court, the divisional court or the magistracy."
The exchange came as Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Liz Truss continued to face pressure to intervene in the row caused by the High Court ruling that the Prime Minister must seek parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50, which formally starts the two-year countdown to Brexit.
The judges came under sustained attack from some newspapers and Brexit-backing politicians after delivering their judgment.