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6. UKSC has a different structure.
Fri May 17, 2024, 08:27 AM
May 17

There are 12 permanent justices, and there can be any number of supplemental justices available for judging a case. Cases are usually judged by a panel of judges, at least 5, but no more than 11 for extremely important cases (and always an odd number). Justices are picked by a panel, sent to the Lord Chancellor, Prime Minister and then the monarch for appointment. Justices must either have been a high court judge for 2 years or a practicing lawyer (barrister) for 15. Also when they reach age 70 (lowered from 75) they have to retire.

Basically, someone like Samuel Alito wouldn't be on the UK Supreme Court, or even a High Court IMO. Also at 74 he would have been retired. The UK system was set up to be apolitical, though yes there are left leaning and right leaning politically inclined judges in the UK system they seem to check their politics at the door when they do their job.

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