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New Supreme Court

A new Supreme Court was not part of Labour’s initial constitutional reform agenda, but became more likely as a result of the combined impact of the Human Rights Act, devolution and Lords reform. Andrew le Sueur and Richard Cornes set out the options for a new Supreme Court in What do the Top Courts do? (2000) and The Future of the UK’s Highest Courts (2001), and we invited the senior law lord Lord Bingham to respond in a public lecture when he came out in favour of a new Supreme Court in 2002. The Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine remained unpersuaded, but he was removed in 2003 and the new Supreme Court was created by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.

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