books.google.ie - In the UK, 2009 saw the Centenary of the Society of Legal Scholars and the transition of the House of Lords to the new Supreme Court. The papers presented in this book arise from a seminar organized jointly by the Society of Legal Scholars and the University of Birmingham to celebrate and reflect on...http://books.google.ie/books/about/From_House_of_Lords_to_Supreme_Court_Jud.html?id=-OVHQwAACAAJ&utm_source=gb-gplus-shareFrom House of Lords to Supreme Court: Judges, Jurists and the Process of Judging
In the UK, 2009 saw the Centenary of the Society of Legal Scholars and the transition of the House of Lords to the new Supreme Court. The papers presented in this book arise from a seminar organized jointly by the Society of Legal Scholars and the University of Birmingham to celebrate and reflect on these historic events. The papers consider a range of topics, including judicial reasoning and the interaction between judges, academics, and the professions over a century of transformation. The volume gathers leading authorities on the House of Lords in its judicial capacity, together with academics whose specialties lie in particular fields of law. The relationship between judge and jurist is, therefore, investigated from a variety of perspectives and jurisdictions. In focussing upon cases, the book takes the jurisprudence of the House of Lords seriously and contributes to the shared task of interpretative development of the law.
FROM THE SOCIETY OF LEGAL SCHOLARS – A CHOICE COLLECTION OF PAPERS ON THE MOMENTOUS TRANSITION FROM LORDS TO SUPREME COURT An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers This book is a joy and a gem, being a collection of inspired, inspiring, certainly thought provoking and often controversial papers delivered at a significant event held in 2009. We refer to the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Seminar held at the Law Society in November 2009, which you might say bookmarked the transition from the House of Lords to the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Bringing together academics, practitioners and the judiciary, it also, quite appropriately, commemorated the Centenary of the Society of Legal Scholars. It was in 1909 that the first meeting of the Society took place in exactly the same room, the aim being then and now, to maintain and nurture the relationship between academic and practicing lawyers The book is a compilation of the actual papers delivered by the twelve expert contributors to the seminar. The result is a wealth of erudition and insight which is particularly valuable to practitioners, academics and certainly students alike. It must have been a privilege to attend this historic occasion, but if you weren’t there – here it is in essence, in this book. A couple of examples here will give you an idea of the flavour of its contents. There’s the keynote address from the Hon Michael Kirby entitled ‘A Darwinian Reflection on Judicial Values and Appointments to Final National Courts’. The argument here, in favour of variety and evolution when it comes to appointing judges to our highest courts, is also taken up by Dr Aileen Kavanagh. Her chapter: ‘From Appellate Committee to UK Supreme Court: Independence, Activism and Transparency’ also questions whether increased transparency will necessarily translate into increased public confidence in the judiciary. Hmm! Perhaps it’s too early to comment on that and the debate of course continues. On this and a range of other equally pertinent topics, the book delivers divergent and closely argued points of view. You could also regard the book as a handy research tool, with its extensive tables of cases and of legislation -- some of it from other jurisdictions -- and the invaluable index. Suffice to say that the book more than achieves its stated aim: ‘to reflect upon the jurisprudence of the House of Lords and to consider the prospects for judging in the new Supreme Court.’ Yes, a choice collection of papers on this momentous transition!