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The Privy Council as the Final Court for the British Empire

43 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 103, 2012

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Richardson Paper No. 91

25 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2012 Last revised: 22 Feb 2015

Ivor Richardson

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law (Deceased)

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Privy Council, legal history, the British Commonwealth, common law, comparative law

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Richardson, Ivor, The Privy Council as the Final Court for the British Empire (2012). 43 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 103, 2012; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Richardson Paper No. 91 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2128132

Ivor L. M. Richardson (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law (Deceased)

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