Monday, 19 April 2010

No more "Law Lords" or "Law Ladies"

Sir John Dyson, the 12th Justice of the Supreme Court , will not be elevated to the peerage.  All the others are peers because they had sat previously in the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords.  Some might see this as either unnecessary or even harsh but the Supreme Court was intended to be a break from the past and, in particular, a break from the involvement of the judiciary in parliament.  See Solicitors Journal.  It is interesting that so much emphasis was placed on the so-called "separation of powers" as an argument for creating the Supreme Court when the legislature itself is effectively dominated by the "executive". 

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