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The UK Supreme Court, London

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The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is the supreme court in all matters under English and Welsh law, Northern Ireland law and Scottish civil law. It is the court of last resort and the highest appellate court in the United Kingdom, although the High Court of Justiciary remains the court of last resort for criminal law in Scotland. The Supreme Court also has jurisdiction to resolve disputes relating to devolution in the United Kingdom and concerning the legal powers of the three devolved governments (in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) or laws made by the devolved legislatures.The Supreme Court was established by Part 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and started work on 1 October 2009. It assumed the judicial functions of the House of Lords, which had been exercised by the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary (commonly called "Law Lords"), the 12 judges appointed as members of the House of Lords to carry out its judicial business. Its jurisdiction over devolution matters had previously been exercised by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Random our visit to London, we arrived at the course. Free visit (finally!) with a reception and exceptional attention. Access to courtrooms. Excellent visit near Big Ben, Abbey of Westminster etc...
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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful building we came across in the Parliament Square area. Surprising, it's open to the public. Very interesting especially if you're a lawyer or judge!  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    We were quite shocked that we could enter this beautiful building and visit all the courtrooms without any hassle. The guides and front desk people were very helpful and pleasant. The Court was not in...  more »
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  • Very interesting place to visit as part of English history. Well worth a visit. The Supreme Court is open to the public from 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and any member of the public can enter the building during these hours without booking in advance. A self-guided tour booklet is available for a small charge (£1)
  • I am terrify to know that a illegal after school academic system is growing in uk. This Illegal buisness are completely destroyed our indian education system since 60 year. Now a days noboddy can learn without tutions in india. This buisness is grown in every Street of india.I can see the UK future like india. Pls avoid from this. Pls anyone put this matter.
  • confused we democratically vote in a party , we democratically vote to leave eu , now we are told by people we didn't vote for what to do , wasting more time and money . what a mess .
  • Lovely historic building in it's own right, but with the added significance of being the ultimate court in the land.
  • I visited the Supreme Court during my last trip to London. As every court in a free country should be open to the public, I had planned to go there anyway. So I was surprised to find out that there was a free exhibition! Although the security check was similar to the one at the airport (which is understandable and no great difference to the courts here in Germany these days) the security staff was extremely friendly and happy to answer my questions about their everyday-work, too! To my greater surprise it is allowed to take pictures in the courtrooms and even to sit on the judge's chairs. The little exhibition is full of interesting artefacts and documents about the history of the Supreme Court. All in all I can recommend a visit to everyone who is interested in the legal system or in history! And which court has a gift shop anyway? 👍

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