Justice Makers" is a fascinating and unique insight into the Supreme Court of the U.K. There is much to be commended in the programme in which four of the court's Justices (Lords Phillips, Hope, Kerr and Lady Hale) take a central part. It is essential viewing whether the viewer is a lawyer or not!
Their backgrounds and personalities of the four justices are revealed. How the court makes its decisions is examined and several of the recent high profile cases are discussed including the M.P.s accused of making false claims; bank charges on overdrafts; pre-nuptial agreements and control orders. There are several rather personal touches as well. Lady Hale (the only female justice) hoped that the others would "forgive" her for disagreeing with them about pre-nuptial agreements. Lord Kerr admired the "nimble footedness of counsel" as they change tack during argument before the court. Lord Hope likes to go home to write his judgments since it is more peaceful there than the hurly-burly of London. At the end of the programme there is a feeling that we are more than fortunate to have this court which is clearly committed to maintaining the rule of law with cases decided by independently-minded people.
BBC Four - "The Highest Court in the Land: Justice Makers" - "They are the UK's most powerful arbiters of justice and now, for the first time, four of the Justices of the Supreme Court talk frankly and openly about the nature of justice and how they make their decisions. The film offers a revealing glimpse of the human characters behind the judgments and explores why the Supreme Court and its members are fundamental to our democracy."
Addendum: The BBC programme may only be viewed up to 6th February.
For a much more detailed analysis of the programme see Lallands Peat Worrier.