The Supreme Court Justices.
Justices of the Supreme Court talk about the nature of justice and how they make their decisions.
Lady Hale is the first and only woman on the Supreme Court. Previously an esteemed academic at the University of Manchester she is an expert in family law and social welfare and she published the groundbreaking feminist text Women and the Law. Sitting for 10 years on the Law Commission, she was instrumental in introducing the Children Act 1989, the single most important piece of legislation in the UK granting protection to minors.
Lord Phillips is the inaugural President of the Supreme Court. Starting life as a barrister he was promoted to High Court Judge, where he presided over the high profile Maxwell Brothers fraud case. He went on to chair the BSE Enquiry and was part of a panel of judges who heard the extradition case of the former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet. He has occupied two of the most senior legal positions in England and Wales, serving as Master of the Rolls and Lord Chief Justice.
Born in Belfast, Lord Kerr is the only Northern Irish justice at the Supreme Court. He is also the youngest on the court. As former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, he was responsible for marshalling the Northern Irish judicial system through a difficult period following the Good Friday Agreement. He later served as an ad-hoc Judge on the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and became Northern Ireland’s Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.
Born in Edinburgh, Lord Hope is one of two Scottish justices on the Supreme Court. He is part of a rich legal heritage, dating back to Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall who was Lord Advocate to King Charles I. Reaching the top of the Scottish legal system, he served as Lord President of the Court of Session and later Lord Justice General, where he controversially permitted an experiment in televising trials in Scottish courts.
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- Nicola Stockley
- Nicola Stockley
- Executive Producer
- Diana Martin