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Supreme Court judgments archive

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BBC Parliament will be showing key judgments of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, with the rulings archived here on Democracy Live.

The Supreme Court is the the final court of appeal for all UK civil cases, and criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It started work in 2009 and took on the judicial functions of the House of Lords.

There are 12 judges, who are legally independent from government and Parliament.

30 May 2012: Assange loses extradition case

Supreme Court ruling on Assange extradition

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lost his UK Supreme Court fight against extradition to Sweden to face accusations of sex offences.

Lord Phillips, the court's president, said a majority of five justices to two had ruled against Mr Assange.

The court ruled the extradition request had been "lawfully made".

However, Mr Assange has 14 days to challenge the ruling and his solicitor, Gareth Peirce, said his lawyers would be asking the court to reconsider.

Mr Assange, who has been on conditional bail in the UK, did not attend the hearing in central London. His lawyer later told reporters he had been "stuck in traffic".

15 February 2012: BBC's refusal on Israel report upheld

Supreme Court ruling on BBC report

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal against the BBC's refusal to publish a report into its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Five justices unanimously dismissed the appeal by solicitor Steven Sugar.

Mr Sugar, who died of cancer last year aged 61, had wanted to know whether the report supported his claim that the corporation was biased against Israel.

The BBC's refusal to disclose it led to litigation which went all the way to the Law Lords, before being referred back to the Information Tribunal, which ruled in Mr Sugar's favour.

But that decision was overturned by the High Court and that was upheld last year by the Court of Appeal.

Mr Sugar's widow appealed up to the Supreme Court, which has taken over from the Law Lords as the role of highest court in the land.

The corporation successfully argued that it was exempt from the Freedom of Information Act with regard to information it held for the purposes of "journalism, art or literature".

12 October 2011: Non-EU young spouses ban overturned

Supreme Court ruling on marriage

The Supreme Court ruled that a government ban on non-EU foreign spouses under the age of 21 coming to the UK was unlawful.

The ban, introduced by Labour in 2008, meant a foreign partner from outside the EU could not join their partner in the UK if they were under 21 years old.

The court said that the rule was unjustified because it interfered with the human rights of couples.

Immigration minister Damian Green said the judgment was "very disappointing" because the policy had been judged elsewhere in Europe to be lawful.

The case was brought by two couples who said that the immigration rule had unlawfully interfered with their right to a private and family life - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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