Our guide to the Supreme Court

January 25th, 2017

What is the Supreme Court?


WHAT IS THE UK SUPREME COURT? The final court of appeal in the UK for civil matters, and for criminal matters in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Scotland has its own criminal court called the High Court of Justiciary. There are three different Legal systems in the home nations of the UK: - England and Wales’ - Scotland - Northern Ireland The Supreme Court was set up in 2005 and started work in 2009. There are 12 judges who rule on cases. The Supreme Court focuses on cases that raise points of law of general public importance on issues such as family matters, commercial disputes, or issues relating to human rights. The Court also Looks at issues arising from devolution. SOURCES: www.supremecourt.uk and www.gov.uk Simple Politics


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