OUR Year 12 Government and Politics students enjoyed a fascinating talk by High Court Judge, Sir Marcus Smith, on May 24th.

Judge Smith spoke to students – virtually – about the judicial system, and took questions from the group.

Sam Martin, one of our Year 12 Government and Politics students, said: “Judge Smith spoke to us about real cases that linked into our course perfectly. He talked about the rule of law, as well as judicial review, which are both key parts of our Politics course. He spoke from his vast experience of cases with judicial review, and additionally was more than happy to answer questions of a broader context.

“Judge Smith was asked about the judicial neutrality of the Supreme Court and our uncodified constitution, and answered our questions in great detail. One example of the cases he presided over was a case over the Welsh FA, and which team should go into the European Cup, which we found particularly fascinating. On behalf of the class, we all found this really beneficial to our course and would like to warmly thank Judge Smith for giving up his time.”

Judge Smith was called to the Bar in 1991 and took silk in 2010. He was appointed a Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal in 2009 and was Chair of the Appeals Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority between 2015 and 2017. He became a High Court Judge (Chancery Division) in January 2017. In October 2017, he was authorised to sit as a judge of the Financial List.

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