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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

October 1, 2009: New UK Supreme Court

The new UK Supreme Court is now officially open. Set up under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, the Supreme Court will provide greater clarity in the UK constitution by further separating the judiciary from the legislature underlining the independence of our judicial system. The court will be an independent institution, presided over by independently appointed law lords.

The existing Law Lords will become the first Justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the Senior Law Lord will become the President.

It will assume the jurisdiction of the current Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and the devolution jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. It will be the final court of appeal for all civil cases in the United Kingdom, all criminal cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and will also assume the devolution jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw commented:

'The delivery of the new UK Supreme Court to the people of Britain is a major milestone and one that will ensure greater access to and transparency of the highest court of appeal in the UK.'

'I'm pleased to announce that the renovation of this magnificent building has been completed on time and within budget. The former Middlesex Guildhall has been modernised and renovated to the highest standard as appropriate for its setting and new purpose.'

'Its location on Parliament Square also offers a great symbolic significance, bringing together the legislature, the executive, the judiciary and the Church.'

'Members of the public will soon be able to visit the court and view the outstanding refurbishment that has delivered the most modern of facilities while respecting the fabric of this historic building.'

The renovation of the Middlesex Guildhall has restored and revived many of the original features that were concealed by adaptations over the years, including stonework carvings, original lightwells, and stained glass windows.