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I am essentially asking for quote that I know exists but cannot remember.

A Law Lord from the British House of Lords either made a remark or an actual ruling on the subject of whether a ruling from a final court could be appealed. It was something like "otherwise, nothing would ever be settled and there would be no finality".

I'm sure I read it in some kind of "intro to law" book.

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    This seems to be implicit in the idea of a supreme court. There is a saying (attributed to an American Supreme Court judge, but quite possibly apocryphal) :"We are not final because we are infallible; we are infallible only because we are final". – Tim Lymington Oct 13 '19 at 11:31
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    @TimLymington That statement is not apocryphal. – cpast Oct 13 '19 at 12:47
  • In 1998, the House of Lords took the unprecedented step of setting aside one of its own judgements (in Re Pinochet). One of the Law Lords had links to Amnesty International and they held that it created the appearance of bias. – richardb Oct 13 '19 at 14:05
  • @TimLymington except that, for historical reasons, Supreme Courts of Australia are subordinate to the High Court. – Dale M Oct 14 '19 at 0:42
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    @Dale: Then the (state) Supreme Courts are neither final nor supreme. An Englishman is not going to object to illogical naming; but history does not supersede logic. – Tim Lymington Oct 14 '19 at 8:26

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