The Judicial House of Lords: 1876-2009

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The House of Lords served as the highest court in the UK for over 130 years. In 2009 the new UK Supreme Court took over its judicial functions, closing the doors on one of the most influential legal institutions in the world, and a major chapter in the history of the UK legal system.

This volume gathers over 40 leading scholars and practitioners from the UK and beyond to provide a comprehensive history of the House of Lords as a judicial institution, charting its role, working ...

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Overview

The House of Lords served as the highest court in the UK for over 130 years. In 2009 the new UK Supreme Court took over its judicial functions, closing the doors on one of the most influential legal institutions in the world, and a major chapter in the history of the UK legal system.

This volume gathers over 40 leading scholars and practitioners from the UK and beyond to provide a comprehensive history of the House of Lords as a judicial institution, charting its role, working practices, reputation and impact on the law and UK legal system. The book examines the origins of the House's judicial work; the different phases in the court's history; the international reputation and influence of the House in the legal profession; the domestic perception of the House outside the law; and the impact of the House on the UK legal tradition and substantive law.

The book offers an invaluable overview of the Judicial House of Lords and a major historical record for the UK legal system now that it has passed into the next chapter in its history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199693337
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 912
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Edited by Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Bencher of the Middle Temple, Brice Dickson, Professor of International and Comparative Law, Queen's University Belfast, and Gavin Drewry, Professor of Public Administration, Royal Holloway, University of London

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Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction
Preface to the Paperback Edition: The Final Year of the Judicial House of Lords
Notes on Contributors
PART A: THE INSTITUTION
1. The Judicial Role of the House of Lords before 1870, David Lewis Jones
2. The Judicial House of Lords: Abolition and Restoration 1873-1876, David Steele
3. The Judicial Office, James Vallance White
4. The House of Lords and the English Court of Appeal, Gavin Drewry and Louis Blom-Cooper
5. From Appellate Committee to Supreme Court: A Narrative, Andrew Le Sueur
PART B: THE JUDGES
6. The Lord Chancellor as Head of the Judiciary, Dawn Oliver
7. Appointments to the House of Lords: Who Goes Upstairs, Kate Malleson
8. The Law Lords: Who has Served, Tom Bingham
9. 1966 and All That: The Story of the Practice Statement, Louis Blom-Cooper
10. Style of Judgments, Louis Blom-Cooper
11. Law Lords in Parliament, David Hope
PART C: DEVELOPMENT OF THE COURT
12. The Early Years of the House of Lords, 1876-1914, Patrick Polden
13. A Developing Jurisdiction, 1914-1945, David GT Williams
14. Towards a System of Administrative Law: The Reid and Wilberforce Era, 1945-1982, Louis Blom-Cooper and Gavin Drewry
15. The End of the Twentieth Century: The House of Lords 1982-2000, Michael J Beloff
16. A Hard Act to Follow: The Bingham Court, 2000-2008, Brice Dickson
PART D: REGIONAL AND EXTERNAL PERSPECTIVES
17. From Scotland and Ireland
(a) Scotland after 1707, Philip H Brodie
(b) Ireland, Ronan Keane
(c) Northern Ireland after 1921, Brice Dickson
18. The Interplay with the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Kenneth Keith
19. The Old Commonwealth
(a) Australia and New Zealand, Michael Kirby
(b) Canada, Robert Sharpe
(c) South Africa, Arthur Chaskalson
(d) India, Adarsh Sein Anand
20. Reflections from the New Commonwealth, Fred Phillips
21. A Transatlantic Comparison, Tom Zwart
22. A European Perspective, Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen
23. Views from Legal Practice, Arthur Marriott
24. A View from the City, Michael Blair
25. A Political Scientist's View, Professor Gavin Drewry
PART E: SPECIFIC AREAS
26. International Law, Rosalyn Higgins
27. European Influences, Francis Jacobs and David Anderson
28. Constitutional Law, Brigid Hadfield
29. Administrative Law, Paul Craig
30. Human Rights, David Feldman
31. Non-discrimination and Equality, Brenda Hale
32. Criminal Law, JR Spencer
33. Fair Trial: 'One Golden Thread', Anthony Hooper
34. Torts, Robert Stevens
35. Libel, Privacy, and Freedom of Expression, Eric Barendt
36. Family law, Stephen Cretney
37. Land Law, Derek Wood
38. Commercial Law, Francis Reynolds
39. Intellectual Property, Robin Jacob
40. Tax Law, John Tiley and Stephen Oliver
APPENDICES
i. Lords of Appeal in Ordinary from 1876
ii. Who Succeeded Whom?
iii. Lord Chancellors from 1876
iv. Pen Portraits of the Lords of Appeal

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