One of the UK’s most senior Judges has slammed a Supreme Court decision to sit in secret for the first time, calling it an “unwelcome departure from the principle of open justice”. Lord Hope, Deputy President of the Supreme Court in the UK, said secret justice “at this level” was “really not justice at all”.
A panel of nine Supreme Court Justices including Lord Hope had concluded in March that a Private Hearing needed to be held so that material relating to national security could be considered during a case involving an Iranian bank and the Government. The case involves the Treasury and Iranian bank, Mellat which is accused of indirectly helping finance Iran’s nuclear weapons programme.
It has emerged yesterday, when the Supreme Court delivered it’s written ruling in the case, that the Justices had voted to sit in secret by a majority of five to four.