House of Lords ends role as final appeal court in the UK

August 4, 2009

From the UK Parliament Website

“On 30 July 2009, the judicial function of the House of Lords and its role as the final – and highest – appeal court in the UK ended, bringing about a fundamental change to the work and role of the House of Lords.”

The New United Kingdom Supreme Court was established by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and will start work on 1 October 2009. This court will act impartially and  independently from Parliament and will be the highest court of appeal .

“The Supreme Court will also have jurisdiction in relation to devolution matters under the Scotland Act 1998, the Northern Ireland Act 1988 and the Government of Wales Act 2006.” (


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