Final House of Lords judgments

30 July 2009

The final House of Lords judgments were delivered by the Law Lords on 30 July in the House of Lords Chamber. Marking the unique proceedings, all 12 Law Lords were present.

Giving judgments on seven cases, they ruled on points of law including:

  • allowing clarification of the law on assisted suicide in the case of Debbie Purdy, a sufferer of incurable, progressive multiple sclerosis, and
  • ruling former Procul Harum organist, Mr Fisher, is entitled to a share of future royalties in the song 'A Whiter Shade of Pale'.

Watch the final House of Lords judgments in the Lords Chamber on ParliamentLive.

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Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

From 1 October 2009, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom assumes jurisdiction on points of law for all civil law cases in the UK and all criminal cases in England and Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applications for leave to appeal

Applications for leave to appeal will still be received by the Supreme Court before 1 October.

Rules and Practice Directions

The Supreme Court Rules 2009 set out the procedure to be followed in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Hard copies of the Practice Directions are available from the Registry on 020 7960 1991/1992.

Contact the Supreme Court for further information

Justices of the Supreme Court

The current Lords of Appeal in Ordinary (the Law Lords) will be the first justices of the 12-member Supreme Court and are disqualified from sitting or voting in the House of Lords. When they retire from the Supreme Court they can return to the House of Lords as full Members but newly-appointed Justices of the Supreme Court will not have seats in the House of Lords.

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