The Supreme Court – House of Lords hands over to the new Supreme CourtThursday, October 8th, 2009
On 30 July, the judicial function of the House of Lords and its role as the final, and highest, appeal court in the UK came to an end. On 1 October, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom took over jurisdiction on points of law for all civil law cases in the UK and for all criminal cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The court is now explicitly separate from both Government and Parliament and it operates from the former Middlesex Guildhall, on the western side of Parliament Square in London.
The current Law Lords are the first Justices of the 12-member Supreme Court and are disqualified from sitting or voting in the House of Lords. When they retire from the Supreme Court they can return to the House of Lords as full Members but newly-appointed Justices of the Supreme Court will not have seats in the House of Lords.
Judgements of the Supreme Court are published at the links shown below.
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