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Weekend quiz questions: the law lords

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This weekend’s quiz questions.   The Work of the House of Lords 2007-08 can be read here.  On page 31, there is a picture of a judicial sitting of the House.  1. Who is the law lord presiding on the woolsack? 2.  Who is the law lord delivering the judgement? A commendation to any reader who can identify…

Judicial sittings

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In response to my previous post, a number of readers asked about the role of the law lords.  Croft raised the question as to whether other peers could participate in judicial business. The judicial work of the House is conducted by an Appellate Committee, comprising Lords of Appeal: these comprise the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary (the…

The work goes on

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The focus of the activity in both Houses is the chamber.  If the Houses are not sitting, or even if they are but the chambers are not full, there appears to be an assumption that members are not doing much. When the House is sitting, a great deal of work is taking place away from the chamber. …

The Supreme Court

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Adrian Kidney and Handj have asked for my comments on the new Supreme Court.  In October 2009, the law lords (pictured) are scheduled to move out of the Palace of Westminster and take up residence in the old Middlesex Guildhall, where they will form the Supreme Court.  I opposed the creation of the new Court.  The…

Fifty years on

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This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Life Peerages Act 1958.  There will be various events to mark the anniversary. Before 1958, the House was comprised primarily, though not exclusively, of hereditary peers.  The exceptions were the Lords Spiritual and the law lords.  The law lords were (under an Act of…