Supreme Court, London
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is the supreme court in all matters under English, Northern Irish and Scottish civil law.
One of the court’s key aims is to educate and inspire people about the UK justice systems, as well as to adjudicate on cases. Their role as the highest court in the land, means they are uniquely placed to offer students an insight into the workings of the UK courts and how they fit into a wider constitutional framework.
Students of Law and Polics can take advantage of the following:
Organised tours of the building (including courtrooms not in use), tailored to fit specific curriculum areas/learning outcomes. Law GCSE/A Level/Degree level students have found visits particularly helpful, as have Government and Politics student groups in particular, however the Court is able to tailor your visit to the specific needs of your group.
Access to their dedicated exhibition space, which includes sections focusing on how cases are heard, and introduction to the wider justice systems in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the history of British constitutional affairs, and the building’s links with Middlesex.
Occasionally, talks by Judicial Assistants (the Justices’ legal assistants) or senior officials of the court can be organised on request
The Supreme Court was established by Part 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and started work on 1 October 2009. It assumed the judicial functions of the House of Lords, which were exercised by the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary (commonly called "Law Lords"), the 12 professional judges appointed as members of the House of Lords to carry out its judicial business. Its jurisdiction over devolution matters had previously been held by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
Contact our London Law trips experts at FHT group Tours for advice when planning your next educational student trip to London and we will be delighted to assist you.