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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009$
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Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Brice Dickson, and Gavin Drewry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.001.0001

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Law Lords in Parliament

Law Lords in Parliament

(p.164) 11 Law Lords in Parliament
The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009

David Hope

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion on the recent phenomenon of the Law Lords sitting in Parliament. Performance of the appellate function had been part of the work of the Upper House for centuries. For reasons that are explored more fully elsewhere in this book, it had come to be regarded as part of the ordinary business of the House. This is demonstrated by the fact that for almost a hundred years after the formal opening of the new building by Queen Victoria in 1847 appeals were always heard in the Chamber as the first item of business on the day's list. The chapter then discusses judges as legislators.

Keywords:   House of Lords, Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, Parliament, judges, legislators

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