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Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876

Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876
Related legislation
Constitutional Reform Act 2005
Altered the judicial functions of the House of Lords
Status: Repealed

The Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 (39 & 40 Vict. c.59) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that altered the judicial functions of the House of Lords. The Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1887 allowed senior judges to sit in the House of Lords as life peers, known as Lords of Appeal in Ordinary.[1]

The act was repealed by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005,[2][3] which transferred the judicial functions from the House of Lords to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Following the creation of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the practice of appointing Lords of Appeal in Ordinary was discontinued. The last person to be made a law lord was Sir Brian Kerr on 29 June 2009.

See also


  1. ^ McKechnie, William Sharp, 1909: The reform of the House of Lords; with a criticism of the Report of the Select Committee of 2nd December, 1908, p.13
  2. ^ "Part 3, Constitutional Reform Act 2005", Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom 4, 2005-03-24: 3, retrieved 2009-09-02 
  3. ^ Statutory Instrument 2009 No. 1604 The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (Commencement No. 11) Order 2009 (Coming into force 2009-10-01)

External links

  • Text of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
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