The End of the Twentieth Century: The House of Lords 1982–2000 1
This chapter argues that the reputation of the House of Lords for high quality appellate adjudication in private law litigation was well maintained during the last two decades of the 20th century. In its excursions into the developing field of public law the Law Lords built on the trailblazing of their predecessors. Publicly more exposed than ever in the past, the standing of the Law Lords at the pinnacle of the court hierarchy was, despite its occasional immersion in controversy, well established. Only those acutely sensitive to the implications of the Human Rights Act and its emphasis on the need for judges not only to be but to appear to be wholly independent, could have predicted that within another decade, it would be transformed into a supreme court wholly detached from Parliament.
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