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A law unto itself

From privacy to anti-terrorism laws, the new Supreme Court is changing British life. Who are its justices, and what are their views?

By James Grant   June 2011

“The antithesis of politics?” The law lords in their robes, specially commissioned for the opening of the new Supreme Court, in 2009

“I think the public is beginning to discover our existence,” said Lord Phillips, president of the Supreme Court. “I am extremely enthusiastic about this.” We were sitting in the court’s new building and looking out across Parliament Square. The law lords, the UK’s most powerful judges, used to work in the cramped corridors of the House of Lords. But on 1st October 2009, they moved across Parliament Square, taking their powers with them, to become the first…

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