The CrowdJustice Blog

  • Gareth Mitchell

    17 Feb 2017
    This is the first time the Supreme Court has upheld a complaint of discrimination on grounds of marital status. Denise will now be entitled to a survivor’s pension. The judgment is also likely to lead to changes to rules which discriminate against cohabitees in many other pension schemes. Read more
  • Julia Salasky

    31 Jan 2017
    We are not a political platform, but we are certainly launching in an American political climate that is deeply polarized – as citizens in the US and beyond consider a new era of governance, and how to achieve concrete change between election cycles. Read more
  • When on 24 June 2016, the yes/no referendum on whether Britain should stay in the EU resulted in a “no”, Grahame Pigney, a British former IT consultant living in France, felt disenfranchised – and not one to sit around, decided that he ought to take action. Read more
  • As the video and transcripts of the Supreme Court hearing’s second day demonstrate, a packed court room is no guarantee of rapt attention in a case that involves dozens of technical points and bundle references as well as the most important constitutional principles. Read more
  • Yesterday was the first of four intense days of legal argument from the opposing legal teams in the Article 50 case. The hearing can be viewed on line and there has been insightful Twitter coverage from Jolyon Maugham QC, Schona Jolly, the Independent and live updates from the Guardian which will continue through the week. There was massive coverage in the press and other media from the 80 journalists at Court. Transcripts of every word spoken (including, unfortunately, what pass for jokes in legal circles) are available on line. Read more
  • The UK's 11-Justice Supreme Court will hear the Government open its appeal today against the ruling that it cannot use the Royal Prerogative to take the UK out of the EU by triggering Article 50. Read more
  • The UK’s Supreme Court was opened in 2009 replacing the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords as part of a package of constitutional reforms. It is housed in a grand building on Parliament Square facing the Houses of Parliament and a short walk from the Westminster-based ministries that include David Davis’ Department for Exiting the European Union. This geography is a permanent reminder that Parliamentarians make the law, the Court independently interprets and applies it and government must answer to both. Read more
  • On 20 September 1610, Sir Edward Coke, the then Chief Justice, was asked to give a ruling on whether the King could use a Royal Proclamation to suspend an Act of Parliament that had authorised merchants’ trading activities in London. Read more
  • John Halford

    16 Oct 2016
    Yesterday was the third and final day in the High Court hearing, finishing the first stage of one of the most important constitutional cases ever heard. Read more
  • John Halford

    15 Oct 2016
    Yesterday was another extended and intense court day, with the Court hearing submissions from the People’s Challenge Helen Mountfield QC, followed by Patrick Green QC for the expat interveners, Manjit Gill QC for a group of children and carers, then the Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC and ‘Treasury Devil’ James Eadie QC. The Independent’s Siobhan Fenton and Jolyon Maugham QCcontinued to live tweet (intriguingly, in Jolyon’s case, attracting Nicola Sturgeon as a follower). The full transcript is available for those who want the detail, but the highlights follow below. Read more