Supreme Court

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Max Hastings reveals the contents of a Prince Charles letter about homeopathy

2 April 2015 15:37

Last month the Supreme Court ruled that Prince Charles’s ‘black spider memos’ to government ministers should be made public. The decision comes following a ten year legal battle between Buckingham Palace and… Continue reading

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How Brussels’ sanctions could bleed Britain dry

14 November 2014 13:32

London is at risk of another blow from Brussels. Currently, the UK Supreme Court is hearing a sanctions case involving the Iranian Bank Mellat, which could prove pivotal in the… Continue reading

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

How should we describe ‘assisted dying’?

7 July 2014 15:40

There is, I realise, no perfect, neutral way of describing ‘assisted dying’, the substance of Lord Falconer’s bill which comes up for its second reading on 18th July. ‘Right to… Continue reading

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P.J. O’Rourke interview: ‘Telling jokes and lying about politicians – what’s the difference?’

23 May 2014 10:04

P.J. O’Rourke’s chickens are giving him trouble. ‘Two of them aren’t laying eggs right now,’ he explains. But he doesn’t know which ones. ‘I’m not sure who’s the guilty party.’… Continue reading

British soldiers inspect a 'Snatch' Land Rover vehicle outside Basra in September 2006. (ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Bring on the drones – the Supreme Court has changed the way we fight wars

20 June 2013 11:30

On the face of it, the Supreme Court’s decision to allow three suits to be brought against the Ministry of Defence is surprising, almost shocking. My colleague Alex Massie has… Continue reading

Fight For Basra Continues

The Supreme Court Mothballs the British Army

19 June 2013 14:51

The British Army may never go to war again. Not because it is under-resourced and over-stretched but because, as of today, it may no longer be able to afford casualties.… Continue reading

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Robert Bork 1927-2012

19 December 2012 18:02

Robert Bork was not only an extraordinary and effective jurist, he was also a crucial figure in American conservatism. In reporting news of his death certain media are – as… Continue reading


The Human Rights Act Protects the Innocent

12 October 2011 14:52

Meanwhile, in the day’s other Supreme Court judgement, the justices struck down the government’s ban on non-EU spouses under the age of 21 coming to live in Britain. This legislation… Continue reading


The Case of Hope vs Salmond

12 October 2011 12:35

I’m not convinced the Scottish parliament’s 2009 bill permitting individuals with pleural plaques to sue for asbestos-related damages was a good law. Nor ca one be wholly comfortable with retrospective… Continue reading


An EU ruling that Cameron must fight

29 September 2011 22:48

A showdown with the EU may come sooner than we expect. The European Commission has today threatened to sue David Cameron’s government unless it starts letting EU citizens come here… Continue reading


Rick Perry’s Federalism: Another Lost Cause

16 August 2011 17:06

Dan Drezner tweeted this afternoon that Barack Obama vs Rick Perry would be the starkest choice between rival philosophies and policies since Johnson-Goldwater in 1964. That might well be true,… Continue reading


Shoesmith strikes at Balls and executive power

28 May 2011 11:22

Sharon Shoesmith cut into Ed Balls on the Today programme this morning. She said: "Why don’t we ask Ed Balls why he acted on November 12, 2008 when he knew… Continue reading


Michael Gove to appeal Shoesmith verdict

27 May 2011 10:34

Whitehall sources say Michael Gove will appeal the Court of Appeals judgement which decided Sharon Shoesmith’s dismissal was so ‘legally flawed as to be null and void’ to the Supreme… Continue reading


Clegg’s coup

18 March 2011 13:11

Libya is not the only scene of conflict today. Nick Clegg has just won a powerful victory over the Conservatives, appointing a Bill of Rights commission which is certain to… Continue reading


Clarke rebukes May for her comments on sex offenders’ register ruling as Tory split over human rights grows

20 February 2011 13:22

The Conservative side of the coalition is being increasingly split by the issue of the European Convention on Human Rights. After the Supreme Court in London declared that human rights… Continue reading


It’s a knock out: judicial activism versus the sovereignty of parliament

18 February 2011 9:05

The prisoner voting debate is coming to a head, and Dave has turned once too often. The Times has received (£) what it describes as a government legal memo, urging… Continue reading


It is not just the Strasbourg Court that is a problem on human rights

16 February 2011 19:21

As we wait for the result of tonight’s ping pong between the Lords and the Commons over the forty percent threshold, there is one point worth noting about the row… Continue reading


Obama’s Supreme Court

26 May 2009 14:24

I have no idea whether Sonia Sotomayor is qualified to sit on the United States Supreme Court. But, unlike Harriet Miers, she’s not obviously unqualified. Having been appointed to the… Continue reading