All of that changes in October when the UK Supreme Court starts to hear cases. In accordance with the Constitutional Reform Act of 2005, The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will take over the legal function of the House of Lords. The current Law Lords will become the first justices and succeeding justice will be appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. One key feature will be that, unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, proceedings of the UK Supreme Court will televised.
Every political system has its anachronisms(The goings on in the U.S. Senate come to mind), but some countries seem to be able to reform their systems when the need arises. The UK seems just such a country.