The House last Monday paid tributes to the law lords and on Thursday the law lords held their last judicial sitting in the House. Though we may still see them individually, they cease to be members with the creation of the Supreme Court. (Under the terms of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 we also lose some other members who hold judicial office, such as Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice.) We lose a law lord as the chair of Sub-Committee E of the European Union Committee: since the sub-committee was established there have been a total of twelve law lords who have chaired it. I have served under three of them. Having a law lord as the chairman has been of enormous value.
It truly is the end of an era. The judicial function of the House of Lords now transfers elsewhere. Like many members of the House, I am sorry to see the law lords depart.
In a previous post on the subject, some readers were interested in how the Justices of the Supreme Court will be addressed. I understand they will follow the practice of being addressed as ‘My Lord’ (or ‘My Lady’).