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The Supreme Court (Welsh: Y Goruchaf Lys; Scottish Gaelic: An Àrd Chùirt; Scots: The Supreme Coort; Irish: An Chúirt Uachtarach; sometimes colloquially referred to by the initialism UKSC or the acronym SCOTUK) is the final court of appeal in the United Kingdom for civil cases, and for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It hears cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance affecting the whole population.
As authorised by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, Part 3, Section 23(1), the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom was formally established on 1 October 2009.
It assumed the judicial functions of the House of Lords, which had been exercised by the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary (commonly called "Law Lords"), the 12 judges appointed as members of the House of Lords to carry out its judicial business as the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords. Its jurisdiction over devolution matters had previously been exercised by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
The current President of the Supreme Court is The Baroness Hale of Richmond, and its Deputy President is Lord Reed.
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Across Parliament Square from the Palace of Westminster, in what was once the Middlesex Guildhall, sits the Supreme Court of the UK. Visitors are welcome to visit the historic and beautiful court... more »
Saw this impressive building and the saw the sign to visit for free. Took advantage and what a great building. Went in court 2 which is very modern, but the jewels are courts 1 and 3. They are both... more »
Elegant building with information about the judicial system and lots of artifacts and you can visit a courtroom, I was done is 30 minutes so there is not too much. It’s fun to stop by.
We had a lovely time. The Court was incredibly welcoming of the public. Great to see justice in action.
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