US and UK Supreme Court


US and UK Supreme Court


  • Both are separated from other branches
  • Both have security of tenure and fixed salaries, ensuring independence


  • In US judges are nominated by President whereas in UK they are nominated by JAC
  • UK SC cannot override elected branches
  • As US constitution is entrenched and codified, SC is more important in interpretation
  • In UK SC can issue declaration of incompatibility with ECHR whereas in US it is ruled as 'unconstitutional'
  • SC is the final court of appeal in US but in UK citizens can appeal onwards to ECJ and ECHR
  • US Supreme Court is split on ideological lines
  • US Supreme Court more socially representative

Overall comparison


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