Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876

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Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876[1]
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act for amending the Law in respect of the Appellate Jurisdiction of the House of Lords; and for other purposes.
Citation39 & 40 Vict c 59
Territorial extentUnited Kingdom
Royal assent11 August 1876
Commencement1 November 1876, except where otherwise expressly provided[2]
Repealed1 October 2009[3]
Other legislation
Repealed byThe Constitutional Reform Act 2005, ss 145 & 146, & Sch 17, para 9 & Sch 18, pt 5
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 (39 & 40 Vict c 59) was 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.[4]

The Act was repealed by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005,[5] which transferred the judicial functions from the House of Lords to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.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.

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  • Robert William Andrews and Arbuthnot Butler Stoney. The Supreme Court of Judicature Acts, and the Appellate Jurisdiction Act, 1876. Fourth Edition. Reeves & Turner. Chancery Lane, London. 1885. Second Edition. 1883.
  • M D Chalmers, assisted by Herbert Lush-Wilson. Wilson's Supreme Court of Judicature Acts, Appellate Jurisdiction Act, 1876, Rules of Court and Forms. Third Edition. Stevens and Sons. Chancery Lane, London. 1882.
  • William Downes Griffith and Richard Loveland Loveland. The Supreme Court of Judicature Acts, 1873, 1875, & 1877: The Appellate Jurisdiction Act, 1876. Second Edition. Stevens and Haynes. Bell Yard, Temple Bar, London. 1877.
  • William Thomas Charley. The New System of Practice and Pleading Under the Supreme Court of Judicature Acts, 1873, 1875, 1877, The Appellate Jurisdiction Act, 1876, and the Rules of the Supreme Court. Third Edition. Waterlow and Sons. London. 1877.
  1. ^ This short title was conferred on this Act by section 1 of this Act.
  2. ^ The Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876, section 2
  3. ^ The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (Commencement No. 11) Order 2009 (SI 2009/1604), articles 2(e) and (f)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ The Constitutional Reform Act 2005, sections 145 and 146, and Schedule 17, paragraph 9, and Schedule 18, Part 5

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