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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 Judicial Office

The Judicial Office

(p.30) 3 The Judicial Office
The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009

James Vallance White

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the Judicial Office, which acted as the parliamentary conduit by which lawyers, litigants, and the public approached the Law Lords, and it was by that same channel through which the judgments and orders of the Law Lords were delivered. It discusses three developments, after 1945, that significantly affected the House, the Law Lords and, consequently, the Judicial Office: first, the gradual withdrawal of the Lord Chancellor from the judicial business of the House, and the evolution of the post of ‘Senior Law Lord’; secondly, the establishment of the Appellate Committee in 1948; and thirdly, the arrival of life peers in 1958.

Keywords:   House of Lords, Lord Chancellor, Appellate Committee, Senior Law Lord, Law Lords, life peers

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