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A Court of Specialists: Judicial Behavior on the UK Supreme Court

Chris Hanretty


This book explains how judges on the UK Supreme Court behave. It looks at different stages in the court's decision-making process—from the initial selection of cases, to the choice of judges to sit on panels, to the final outcome. The main argument of the book is that judges' behavior is strongly affected by their specialism in different areas of law. Cases in tax law (or family law, or public law) are more likely to be heard by specialists in that area, and those specialists are more likely to write the court's decision—or disagree with the decision when there is dissent. Legal factors like s ... More

Keywords: judicial behavior, UK Supreme Court, legal specialization, judicial dissent, permission to appeal, opinion writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197509234
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197509234.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Hanretty, author
Professor of Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London