Lord Judge is the third senior judge to warn recently of a 'democratic deficit' if the ECHR evolves into a law-making body. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA
The law should be changed to make it clear that British courts are not obliged to implement judgments of the European court of human rights(ECHR), according to the former lord chief justice.
Declaring that Strasbourg "is not superior to our supreme court" in London, Lord Judge, who retired in October, said parliamentary sovereignty should not be exported to "a foreign court".
He is the third senior judicial figure in recent weeks to warn about the dang ers of an "democratic deficit" if the ECHR continues to evolve into in effect a law-making body and forces the UK government to give prisoners the vote against parliament's expressed will."