Supreme Court takes over appeals from House or Lords


As of October 2009 the new Supreme Court will replace the House of Lords as the highest appeal court in the UK.

It is hoped that the creation of the Supreme Court will help to separate the judicial function that is carried out by the Law Lords from the remainder of the parliamentary process.

The Supreme Court will:

  • hear appeals on points of law that are arguable and of importance to the general public
  • act as the final court of appeal for criminal cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • assume the devolution of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

The Supreme Court Rules (SI 2009/1603) will come into effect on 1 October 2009.

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