The UK Supreme Court will open on 1st October 2009:
The Outlaw Article on the subject is below:
The UK’s legal landscape will change tomorrow when the Supreme Court takes over from the House of Lords as the country’s highest court.
As part of a Government move to ensure that the highest court in the country is completely independent from those who make the law it created the Supreme Court, which will occupy its own new building and be made up of 12 judges.
Until now the most senior court was made up of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. The House of Lords and the Privy Council are parts of Government, but The Supreme Court will not be connected to Government at all.
The Court said that it would now be “explicitly separate from both Government and Parliament”.
Eleven of the 12 judges that form the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords will become judges at the Supreme Court. One, Lord Neuberger, is moving to the Court of Appeal, where he will be head of its civil division.
Lord Neuberger has expressed reservations about the new structure and has said that the very independence from Government that is its founding principle might lead it to assume too much power.
“The danger is that you muck around with a constitution like the British constitution at your peril because you do not know what the consequences of any change will be,” he told BBC Radio 4 earlier this month. “[There is a risk of] judges arrogating to themselves greater power than they have at the moment.”