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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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Towards a System of Administrative Law: The Reid and Wilberforce Era, 1945–82

Towards a System of Administrative Law: The Reid and Wilberforce Era, 1945–82

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(p.209) 14 Towards a System of Administrative Law: The Reid and Wilberforce Era, 1945–82
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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009
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Louis Blom-Cooper

Gavin Drewry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.003.0014

This chapter argues that the Reid–Wilberforce era marked the beginning of a transformation of the House of Lords into a public law tribunal in embryo from a court of final appeal in private law litigation. The bottom-line definition of the rule of law is that no one — including Ministers — can be above the law.

Keywords:   House of Lords, Law Lords, criminal appeals, civil obligations, public law, Lord Reid, Lord Wilberforce, procedural development

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