[JURIST] Despite speculation that he would soon announce his retirement because of persistent criticism of his views, UK Lord Chief Judge Lord Woolf has announced that he will not step down as planned in 2004, but rather will stay in his position for the government's constitutional reforms. Some of the issues over which Lord Woolf has clashed with opponents include sentencing, the use of prisons, and plans to end the appellate rights of asylum seekers whose requests were denied. BBC News has the full story. A brief biographical sketch of Lord Woolf is available here. BBC News has more on the causes and implications of Lord Woolf's battles with critics.