11 Facts About The Supreme Court

1. The Supreme Court is housed in Middlesex Guildhall—which it shares with the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council—in the City of Westminster.

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2. The Supreme Court makes decisions based on previous cases and the Constitution.

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3. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of compulsory sterilization to prevent unfavorable genetics from being passed on to future generations.

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4. The Supreme Court sounded open Monday to letting Apple stand trial in a civil suit alleging the maker of iPhones uses monopolistic power to unfairly profit from the sale of third-party apps offered on the devices.

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5. The Supreme Court is the highest and final superior court of record and is empowered to exercise its powers, subject to the provisions of the Constitution.

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6. The Supreme Court is composed of 1 Chief Justice and 14 Associate Justices.

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7. The Supreme Court has the final say on matters of constitutional law, federal law or on matters of mixed federal and provincial competence.

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8. The Supreme Court has a purely appellate jurisdiction and hears appeals from the Court of Appeal of New Zealand.

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9. The Supreme Court holds the unique power of being able to order "trial de novo".

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10. The Supreme Court can sit at a further hearing on its own judgment.

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11. The Supreme Court is vested with the power of judicial review to ensure the application of the rule of law.

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