The supreme court has ruled that Boris Johnson’s advice to the Queen that parliament should be prorogued for five weeks at the height of the Brexit crisis was unlawful. The unanimous judgment from 11 justices on the UK’s highest court followed an emergency three-day hearing last week that exposed fundamental legal differences over interpreting the country’s unwritten constitution. The momentous decision was read out by Lady Hale, president of the supreme court. Unusually, none of the parties were provided with advance copies of the judgment due to its sensitivity. Only seven of the 11 justices who heard the case were present in court. English high court declined to intervene; the Scottish appeal court concluded that judges did have legal authority to act. The supreme court supported the Scottish interpretation. Delivering judgment, Hale said: “The question arises in circumstances which have never arisen before and are unlikely to arise again.” Then, giving … [Read more...] about Johnson’s suspension of parliament unlawful, supreme court rules
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Lady Hale, the supreme court’s first female president, has attained greater public prominence than any contemporary judge thanks to Brexit legal battles, the formidable clarity of her rulings and attention-grabbing brooches. Now her profile is set to rise further as she stars in a children’s book. Equal to Everything – Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court, published on Thursday, celebrates the journey of a young girl from Richmond in North Yorkshire, who travels to the highest court of the UK in Westminster. Written in rhyming couplets and engagingly illustrated, the story goes on sale at a moment when the role of the supreme court is moving closer to centre stage in UK politics – earning it plaudits for impartiality but criticism for its judgments from, among others, the prime minister, Boris Johnson. Brenda Hale, 74, has been president of the court – which this year marks its 10th anniversary – since 2017. A champion of improving diversity in the … [Read more...] about Supreme court’s Lady Hale becomes star of children’s book
Liberal and conservative justices seemed split on whether to grant a new sentencing hearing to Lee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager was one of two snipers who terrorized the Washington area, killing 10 people. The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether Malvo was wrongly sentenced in Virginia to life without parole. Malvo was 17 at the time of the killings. His attorneys say he deserves a new hearing because of recent Supreme Court rulings barring mandatory life sentences for juveniles. A jury convicted Lee Boyd Malvo of capital murder in 2003 for sniper attacks in the Washington D.C. area. Malvo is seeking a re-sentence from the Supreme Court since he was 17 at the time of the deadly spree This photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows Lee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager was one of two snipers who terrorized the Washington area. Liberal and conservative justices seemed split on whether to grant him a new sentencing hearing RELATED ARTICLES … [Read more...] about Supreme Court weighs whether teen sniper deserves re-sentencing because he was a youth when taking part in 10 D.C. area murders in 2002
UK Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent @BBCDomC on Twitter 24 September 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49663001 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsUnlawful Parliament suspension The Supreme Court has said … [Read more...] about What is the UK Supreme Court?
Poland’s lowering of the retirement age for judges breaches EU law, the European court of justice has said, in a victory for civil society campaigners seeking to preserve democratic values. The ruling from Europe’s highest court, released on Monday, is a blow to Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) government, which has drastically increased control over the judiciary in recent years. It will also be a disappointment for Hungary’s government, which is also in the EU dock over the rule of law and has made representations to the court in Poland’s favour. Since taking office in 2015 PiS has assumed direct oversight of state prosecutors and the judicial body that appoints, promotes and disciplines judges. In 2018 the government introduced a law to force the retirement of 40% of supreme court judges. That measure has now been ruled as inconsistent with the EU fundamental values of democracy and the rule of law. In a statement the court said that lowering … [Read more...] about EU court rules Poland’s lowering of judges’ retirement age is unlawful