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Investigatory Powers Tribunal president Mr Justice Burton gives first interview

BBC Radio 4's Law in Action speaks exclusively to Mr Justice Burton, president of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal - a judicial body, independent of the government, which considers complaints brought against the British intelligence services such as MI5 and GCHQ, the police, military and local authorities. It specifically investigates whether surveillance has been conducted in a lawful manner.

During the interview, which marks the first time any member of the tribunal has spoken to the media during its thirteen year existence, Sir Michael Burton reveals how the court works and how its members go about investigating the potentially sensitive work of the British intelligence services.

He begins by telling Law in Action presenter Joshua Rozenberg what makes the tribunal unique.

This interview was recorded on 4th November, 2013. This audio is an extended version of the interview broadcast on Radio 4's Law in Action on Tuesday, 5 November 2013.

  • 08 Nov 2013
  • From the section UK