Lady Hale, first female president of the Supreme Court

The judge talks to Agnes Frimston about the challenges of Brexit and the lack of diversity in the higher levels of law

The World Today Published 12 February 2018 Updated 18 November 2020 5 minute READ

Agnes Frimston

Deputy Editor, The World Today


What is the role of the Supreme Court in Britain?The Supreme Court is the top court for the whole of the United Kingdom. We are an appeal court, so we only hear cases on appeal, and we only hear cases on points of law of general public importance. They have to be difficult, arguable, and not have a clear answer. They have to matter to lots of people, not just to the parties, and they have to be a suitable case in which to try and resolve the issue.

How might Brexit change the work of the court?

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