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A Farewell to the House of Lords

The House of Lords is no longer the highest  court in the United Kingdom; it has been replaced by the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, which has officially come into existence today (October 1, 2009).  According to the  Official Press Release, the Supreme Court will hear civil appeal cases from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as well as criminal appeal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Supreme Court takes over the devolution jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), which continues to be the final court of appeal for certain other Commonwealth countries (and was Canada’s final court of appeal until 1949)  and other jurisdictions, such as Crown Dependencies.

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