Last Friday saw 15 lucky Inns members whisked off to London to visit the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Houses of Parliament.
The first stop on the visit was the Supreme Court. Here members had an access all areas experience of the some of the courtrooms. First of all was Court 2, the most modern of the courts and where only a conventional 5 Law Lords can sit (as opposed to the enlarged panels of 7 or 9 for cases of significant constitutional importance). The Supreme Court emblem sits proudly above the Bench and it was here that we learned that it is representative of the national plants of the countries within the UK: the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish flax flower.
Next on our journey was Court 3, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Here their Lordships hear cases from the Commonwealth. It is this committee that decided legal milestones such as The Wagonmound (No 1), Canada Steamship Lines and Florence A. Deeks v H.G. Wells.
After a break for lunch, the group left for Parliament where we were treated to a tour of the House of Commons and the Great Hall. It was in the Great Hall that legal England began, with the Court of Common Pleas, Court of Chancery, Court of the Exchequer and others being held in that very building, with the Monarch administering justice. We then got to see the famous green benches of the House of Commons and how votes take place within the House.
Thank you to everyone who attended and was lucky enough to get a place!