Saturday, October 17, 2009

U.K. Supreme Court Officially Opened

Washington Post reports on yesterday's opening of the new, U.K. Supreme Court, which replaces the venerable Law Lords as the nation's court of last resort:
Queen Elizabeth II formally opened Britain's new Supreme Court on Friday in a ceremony attended by high court justices from the United States and around the world.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and top judges from Canada, Australia, India, South Africa and Europe attended the ceremony for a court the government says will make the workings of justice visible and accessible to the British public.
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia watched the ceremony, which included prayers led by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and a verse for the new court by former poet laureate Andrew Motion.

For more background on the modernization of the U.K. judicial system, also see:

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