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Hi, the correct jurisdiction is the British islands. Using the term British Isles is incorrect as Ireland is a different country. The judge would have been unable to pass a sentence in this jurisdiction. --Bardcom (talk) 16:03, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
In fact, you are mistaken. The British Islands do not comprise a single legal jurisdiction - Scottish and English law, for example, are entirely separate. In any case, your comment about him not being able to pass a sentence in Ireland is irrelevant, because the article doesn't say that he could. It merely names the highest order geographical entity in which this was the last such sentence. TharkunColl (talk) 16:16, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Reading the article on British Islands indicates that it has some standing. Perhaps not enough for a death sentence... Using a geographic area like this is exactly the reason why it's so contentious. Why refer to the British Isles for comparrison in an article like this, that does not deal with a geographic subject? It's against consensus on this wiki, and misleading the readers into thinking that the British Isles is a single legal jurisdiction. --Bardcom (talk) 16:30, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
If he had been the last judge in Europe to pass such a sentence, that would be notable. Similarly, British Isles is a geographical unit. Nowhere does it imply a single legal jurisdiction. But on that subject... many laws passed at Westminster are still in force in Ireland, and unlike Scotland it uses English common law. It is possible for judges to move from one to the other during their career, and many Irish barristers train in England. TharkunColl (talk) 16:34, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
It has been suggested that the use of the phrase British Isles in this article should be deleted. The use of this term in this article is being discussed at WT:BISE#Henry Callow. If you would like to contribute to the debate please do so.