The Privy Council as the Final Court for the British Empire
Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law (Deceased 1930-2014)
43 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 103, 2012
Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Richardson Paper No. 91
After introductory comments on how the Judicial Committee functioned as the final court for the British Empire for over a century, including statistical material and discussion of the judicial membership and counsel involved in Indian appeals, this article discusses a range of highly unusual cases from India, Canada and New Zealand. The aim is to give something of the flavour of the Judicial Committee's work and its impact on local courts. The final section of the paper suggests conclusions that can be drawn from that survey.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Privy Council, legal history, the British Commonwealth, common law, comparative law
JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 12, 2012 ; Last revised: February 22, 2015
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