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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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Appointments to the House of Lords: Who Goes Upstairs

Appointments to the House of Lords: Who Goes Upstairs

(p.112) 7 Appointments to the House of Lords: Who Goes Upstairs
The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009

Kate Malleson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on appointments to the House of Lords. Very little is known outside legal circles about the 110 men and one woman who have been appointed to the judicial House of Lords since 1876. When compared with the judges of the highest courts in other common law systems, most notably the U.S. Supreme Court, the Law Lords have carried out their work in relative obscurity. Their appointments have rarely received much media coverage and the public has generally seen the judges as an amorphous group of learned old men with little to distinguish one from the other. The chapter discusses the make-up of the Law Lords, career path to the Lords, consultation process, role of political in the appointment process, and lessons from the Supreme Court.

Keywords:   Law Lords, House of Lords, appointment process, U.S. Supreme Court, career path

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