UK citizens may not have heard much about it, but there's going to be a new UK Supreme Court formed on the 1st of October 2009. The very last avenue for appeal in the UK is usually the House of Lords, the new supreme court will take over that burden. The new court will open it's doors in Middlesex with projected costs of £60 Million and running costs of £12 million a year.
The UK Supreme court will take over the role of settling devolution disputes arising from the Scottish government and the assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland. It's the final court of appeal for civil cases in the UK, and most criminal cases (except those in Scotland).
The move was needed to improve transparency and independence according to one law lord, but critics have claimed it's nothing more than a fancy title and a short office move from what we have already.
I guess only time will tell.
Andy on 09.05.09 @ 02:26 AM CST [link]