Supreme Court to hand down judgment in Cherry and Miller cases tomorrow morning
The Supreme Court will hand down its judgment in the Brexit cases tomorrow morning at 10:30 am.
Lady Hale, Lord Reed, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge, Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lady Arden and Lord Kitchin will be in attendance at the hand down in the cases of R (on the application of Miller) (Appellant) v The Prime Minister (Respondent) and Cherry and others (Respondents) v Advocate General for Scotland (Appellant) UKSC 2019/0193.
Law Society president John Mulholland and Dean of the Faculty of Advocates Gordon Jackson QC made a joint statement defending the judiciary ahead of the judgment.
It states: “A strong, independent judiciary and legal profession are vital to ensuring that anyone, regardless of their status, has access to justice and that the rule of law is upheld.
“Members of the judiciary are expected to be strictly impartial when considering how the law should be applied in any particular case and it is the court’s role to provide a politically neutral way of determining a course of action.
“The importance of having an independent judiciary and legal profession is recognised around the globe and is a principle incorporated into numerous domestic and international treaties and enshrined in many national constitutions. In some countries the judiciary can be the only barrier to authoritarian government and indeed, in Scotland and in the UK, there is a statutory obligation on government to uphold the independence of the judiciary.”
It adds: “What we as citizens can be sure of, whether we voted to leave or remain within the EU, is that no matter where the political debate takes us, the Court of Session, High Court and Supreme Court judgements have demonstrated that the judiciary and legal profession act independently and consider cases before them in light of their legal competence, regardless of political or public opinion.”