Britain's highest court opens its refurbed doors

By The New Lawyer|04 March 2013

The crest is on the wall, the television cables are in place and the "chill-out room" is ready for judges and lawyers who need to chill.

THE crest is on the wall, the television cables are in place and the "chill-out room" is ready for judges and lawyers who need to chill. 


The British public was given a glimpse yesterday of their new Supreme Court, just ahead of the formal opening next month. 

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The Times newspaper reports the Court, in Parliament Square, has cost £77 million ($146m) and will replace the House of Lords' judicial arm, the law lords, as the highest court in the green and pleasant land. 


The new court hives off the judiciary from the legislature, a reform six years in the planning. 


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The new court is symbolically perfect, being flanked by buildings that represent each part of the constitution, The Times reports. Parliament sits opposite and the Treasury and Westminster Abbey sit either side. 


Physically, the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Middlesex Guildhall was led by architects Feilden and Mawson. The bright internal carpet was designed by Sir Peter Blake and glass panels were etched with lines from Magna Carta. 


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