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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009$
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Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Brice Dickson, and Gavin Drewry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.001.0001

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Style of Judgments

Style of Judgments

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(p.145) 10 Style of Judgments
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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009
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Louis Blom-Cooper

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.003.0010

The distinctive individualism of the English judge lends itself to, even invites, good writing in the composition of any judgment. Even more so is this true for the appellate judge. Relieved of the trial judge's task of fact-finding, the appellate judge has the opportunity and time for reflection to craft his or her judgment in a literary style. This chapter considers how the Law Lords over 133 years performed in framing and shaping their judgments and their literary quality. It looks at five examples from across the whole period of the judicial House of Lords, judgments from 1888, 1943, 1980, 2002, and 2008.

Keywords:   House of Lords, judges, deliberations, judgments, trial judge

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