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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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Family Law

Family Law

Chapter:
(p.670) 36 Family Law
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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009
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Stephen Cretney

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.003.0042

This chapter focuses on the role of the House of Lords in relation to family law. It demonstrates the value of a judicial body which has increasingly refused to be confined to a formalistic and mechanistic view of the judicial role. It provides illustrations of the self-evident truth that judicial attitudes change, as do attitudes in society generally, and that attitudes amongst the individual judges active at any particular time will also differ. The application of the law governing family relationships may sometimes be particularly susceptible of being influenced by individual judges' personalities, beliefs, and attitudes.

Keywords:   House of Lords, family law, English law, family values

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