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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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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

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(p.594) 32 Criminal Law
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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009
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JR Spencer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.003.0038

This chapter evaluates the contribution of the House of Lords to the development of English criminal law. By this, it means substantive law: for reasons of space, and to avoid overlap with other chapters, the broader aspects of criminal justice are be touched upon. The chapter begins with an introduction, with some dates and figures, and other background matters. It continues with a central section in which the work of the House of Lords is examined. In the final section, the chapter weighs up the strengths and weaknesses of the Law Lords' contribution to this area of law, and express a personal view as to which way the final balance tips.

Keywords:   House of Lords, English criminal law, English law, substantive law, criminal justice

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