Who Goes Upstairs? Appointments to the House of Lords
THE JUDICIAL HOUSE OF LORDS, Blom-Cooper L., Drewry G. and Dickson B., eds., Oxford University Press, 2009
17 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2009
Date Written: April 7, 2009
The make-up of the House of Lords Appellate Committee and the process by which its members are appointed has attracted relatively little attention. The advent of the new Supreme Court may bring about a shift in the balance between the role of the Court, the attitude of the individual judges and the interest in their judgments outside the Court resulting in an increasing interest in the question of who the Justices are and how they are chosen. If so, this needs to be informed by an understanding of who has sat in the Lords to date and how they got there. This chapter reviews the composition of the Law Lords, the career path to the Court and the nature of the appointments process.
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