Asked whether politicians responded rapidly enough after the controversial judgment, Lord Neuberger, president of the Supreme Court, said: 'They were certainly vocal enough quickly enough after our hearing.
He said: "After the [High] Court hearing".
It would be "very unfortunate if we had political scrutiny of the appointment of judges in this country", Lord Neuberger said.
He added: "It's easy to be critical after the event. They were faced with an unexpected situation from which like all sensible people they learned".
He said: "Yes, the independence of our judiciary is crucial..."
Granting a rare interview Lord Neuberger said the media had a positive duty "to keep an eye on things" and that was one of the reasons for freedom of expression.
But he added: "One or two I've discovered which way they have voted in the past and I was surprised".
As a body they feel they can not respond to such criticism publicly - judges must after all speak through their judgements alone, and the occasional public lecture.
British justice secretary Liz Truss has praised the president of the United Kingdom supreme court, David Neuberger, after the judge appeared to criticise her for being slow to defend the judiciary from media attacks.