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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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A Developing Jurisdiction, 1914–45

A Developing Jurisdiction, 1914–45

(p.198) 13 A Developing Jurisdiction, 1914–45
The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009

DGT Williams

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This chapter begins with a discussion of how the judicial House of Lords survived and consolidated its position as the final appellate court during the period 1914–45. It then describes the contributions of the House of Lords to private and public law. One of the factors that helped to reinforce the House of Lords as the final appeal court was that it heard appeals from Scotland (in civil cases) and Northern Ireland as well as from England and Wales. In other words, it was the final appeal court for the United Kingdom, and the presence of Scottish Law Lords in particular was important.

Keywords:   House of Lords, public law, private law, appeals court, final appellate court

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