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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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The End of the Twentieth Century: The House of Lords 1982–2000 1

The End of the Twentieth Century: The House of Lords 1982–2000 1

(p.232) 15 The End of the Twentieth Century: The House of Lords 1982–20001
The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009

Michael Beloff

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the reputation of the House of Lords for high quality appellate adjudication in private law litigation was well maintained during the last two decades of the 20th century. In its excursions into the developing field of public law the Law Lords built on the trailblazing of their predecessors. Publicly more exposed than ever in the past, the standing of the Law Lords at the pinnacle of the court hierarchy was, despite its occasional immersion in controversy, well established. Only those acutely sensitive to the implications of the Human Rights Act and its emphasis on the need for judges not only to be but to appear to be wholly independent, could have predicted that within another decade, it would be transformed into a supreme court wholly detached from Parliament.

Keywords:   House of Lords, appellate court, private law litigation, public law, Law Lords

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