Thursday, July 16, 2009

The New United Kingdom Supreme Court

Times Online reports that Britain's new Supreme Court is readying to open on October 1st:

Yesterday Lord Bach, the Justice Minister, welcomed the media for a first glimpse of the newly refurbished court, fashioned from the Grade II listed building that was once the courts of Middlesex Guildhall. This was a point of “historic change”, he said. The opening would be a “major constitutional milestone”.

The project, which separates physically and constitutionally the judiciary at its apex from the legislature, has cost nearly £60 million. Running costs are expected to reach £12.3 million, plus £1.2 million now paid in pension and national insurance for the 12 law lords - soon to be Supreme Court Justices - and another £300,000 for “transitional set up costs”.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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