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Supreme Court to sit in Belfast

The Supreme Court will hear the final appeal in the Ashers Bakery cake next April when it sits in Belfast for the first time.

Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court, will be joined by three other judges including the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Kerr.  The four judges will hear arguments on whether Ashers Bakery discriminated against a customer on the grounds of sexual orientation when it refused to fulfil an order for a cake with a slogan supporting same sex marriage.  The bakery’s Christian owners do not accept that it breached equality laws by refusing to make the cake.

Lady Hale has welcomed the opportunity to sit in Belfast,

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for local people to see the Court in action on their doorstep.  The Supreme Court is committed to being one of the most open and accessible in the world.”

Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland Sir Declan Morgan said,

“I believe it is important for people in this jurisdiction to have the opportunity to see the work of the Court at first hand, which can only help to enhance public confidence in the administration of justice.”

An article by BBC News can be read here.