Chapter

The Judges Come Out

Anthony King

in The British Constitution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576982
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.003.0006
The Judges Come Out

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This chapter highlights the role of the courts and judges in the constitutional order in Britain. When Britain became a member of the European Union (EU), the power to set limits to the unlimited power of the parliament to make and unmake UK law was enjoyed by the courts and judges. This power was handed to them by the European Communities Act 1972 and the European Court of Justice. The jurisprudence of Britain and Europe became intertwined from 1973 onwards.

Keywords: courts; judges; constitutional order; Britain; European Union; parliament; state law; European Communities Act 1972; European Court of Justice; jurisprudence

Chapter.  16602 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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