That the United Kingdom has instituted a Supreme Court is a welcome departure from its age-old practice of the House of Lords dispensing as the highest judicial authority in the country. It is surprising how the U.K. being the forerunner in framing the civil and criminal laws which are being followed in India and a few other countries which have their own apex courts as well took long years to substitute a Supreme Court in the place of the House of Lords. The House of Lords, though includes men of letters and eminence, its members being peoples’ representatives, cannot be expected to deliver judgments in the true spirit of law.

The constitution of a Supreme Court in London not only provides independent authority to the highest court of appeal in the country but also enables total transparency in dealing with the cases and delivery of judgments.

R.M. Manoharan, Chennai

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