The Supreme Court—overview of the changes from the previous House of Lords regime [Archived]
The Supreme Court—overview of the changes from the previous House of Lords regime [Archived]

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  • The Supreme Court—overview of the changes from the previous House of Lords regime [Archived]
  • Introduction—the nature of the changes and transitional arrangements
  • Changes in terminology
  • Change in location
  • The overriding objective
  • Jurisdiction, new rules and new practice directions
  • Procedural matters
  • Documents
  • Filing and service of documents
  • Time Limits
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The Supreme Court—overview of the changes from the previous House of Lords regime [Archived]

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Introduction—the nature of the changes and transitional arrangements

The guiding ethos behind the change to the Supreme Court was the desire to separate the judicial function of the House of Lords from its parliamentary arm. Additionally, there was a desire to open up the accessibility of the appeal system within the highest court of the land.

These changes did not involve a wholesale change in terms of access per se. The routes to appeal to the Supreme Court remain as they were for the House of Lords. Overall, the changes are not substantive in scope with the exception, perhaps, of the inclusion within the new Supreme Court's remit of jurisdiction to hear matters concerning devolution issues (previously the jurisdiction of the Privy Council). Other than that, the changes are more stylistic in terms of updating the terminology, the style and feel of the procedure and the modernisation of the environment.

The transitional arrangements for matters currently pending in the House of Lords are provided in SCR 55. This simply states that the new Rules apply to pending matters. No doubt the Registry has/will provide practitioners with cases pending with direct assistance regarding this.

Changes in terminology

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