Skip to 0 minutes and 15 seconds Hello, and welcome to Inside the Supreme Court, a course developed with Royal Holloway, University of London. My name is Lord Reed. I’m the President of the Supreme Court, and serve as one of its 12 justices. I’ve been a justice since 2012, and served as Deputy President between 2018 and January of 2020, when I became the President. The Supreme Court was established by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, and it started work in October 2009. It’s the final court of appeal for all civil cases in the United Kingdom and for criminal cases from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It only hears cases which raise arguable points of law of general public importance.
Skip to 1 minute and 8 seconds You may well have seen some of our judgments reported in the media. I hope that, by participating in this course, you’ll learn more about the work of the court. In the weeks ahead, you’ll be learning about the sort of cases that the court hears and how it decides them, and you’ll also hear about the role which the court plays in the legal systems of England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Thank you for your interest in this course. I hope that you will enjoy it.