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The Law Lords

An Account of the Workings of Britain’s Highest Judicial Body and the Men who Preside Over It

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Maxwell Barrett
    Pages 1-6
  3. Maxwell Barrett
    Pages 7-17
  4. Maxwell Barrett
    Pages 18-69
  5. Maxwell Barrett
    Pages 70-119
  6. Maxwell Barrett
    Pages 120-157
  7. Maxwell Barrett
    Pages 158-173
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 174-213

About this book


The roughly one thousand-member House of Lords is not only a legislative body. It is also a court. In fact it is the final court of appeal for most cases decided in the United Kingdom. These days cases are not heard by the main body of the House of Lords. They are decided by a committee of the House known as the Appellate Committee. There are twelve full-time members on that Committee. These are the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary. They are judges who have been appointed into the House of Lords specifically to hear appeals. Sometimes they are helped by the Lord Chancellor. Occasionally they are assisted by other peers who have had experience of high judicial office. The book is based, in part, on interviews conducted with past and present Appellate Committee members and is intended for anyone who is interested in discovering a little more about the personal and professional lives of the men who man the most eminent and powerful judicial body in the United Kingdom.


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About the authors

MAXWELL BARRETT holds a degree in law from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in Law from the University of Salford and currently works for a firm of solicitors in the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin. Dr Barrett is the author of books on child law, criminal law, the law of evidence, family law, marriage breakdown law, road traffic law, and sentencing law. He has also contributed a number of articles to various periodicals.

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'...a useful resource for those new to the subject.' - Roger Masterman, University College London