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What new appointments mean for the Supreme Court—and the rule of law

The court’s changing composition could prove profoundly important 

By Richard Ekins, Stephen Laws  

Photo: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

It is not quite a decade since the Supreme Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and the Law Lords became Justices of the Supreme Court. The new court was created to be a final court of appeal on legal disputes (including, of course, disputes involving government), not to be a constitutional court standing in judgment over parliament. Many lawyers would prefer a more assertive court which, like supreme courts in some other jurisdictions, would see itself as the guardian of the constitution and would take…

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