- Supreme Court Act 1981
The Supreme Court Act 1981 is an Act of the
Parliament of the United Kingdom(citation 1981 c. 54); the long title of which is "An Act to consolidate with amendments the Supreme Court of Judicature (Consolidation) Act 1925and other enactments relating to the Supreme Court of England and Wales and the administration of justice therein; to repeal certain obsolete or unnecessary enactments so relating; to amend Part VIII of the Mental Health Act 1959, the Courts-Martial (Appeals) Act 1968, the Arbitration Act 1979and the law relating to county courts; and for connected purposes". The Act received Royal Assenton 28 July 1981, and came into force on 1 January 1982.
The Act defines in statute the structure of the
Supreme Court of England and Wales, including the Court of Appeal, High Court of Justiceand the Crown Court.
It is being amended by the
Constitutional Reform Act 2005which will establish a new Supreme Court of the United Kingdomand will change the short title of the Act from the Supreme Court Act 1981 to the Senior Courts Act 1981 when section 59 and schedule 11 of the 2005 Act come into force (not likely to occur before October 2009).
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