wikimedia-org-flag-of-wales-2009-02-09_203253_wales-flag-lYesterday the Welsh first minister confirmed that Wales is not intending to seek a separate legal jurisdiction for at least a decade. It was decided that the estimated £1.2bn cost of devolving the justice system would put too much pressure on the budget, and the Welsh government said that “no purpose” would be served in transferring immediate responsibility for the administration of justice.

However, the consultation called for a stronger Welsh identity in the higher courts of England and Wales, including Welsh offices for the High Court and Court of Appeal, and the appointment of a Welsh Justice of the Supreme Court.