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How I learned the trade

Lord Denning

in The Due Process of Law

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780406176080
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191705113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780406176080.003.0027
How I learned the trade

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This chapter discusses how the author, Lord Denning, became a Divorce Judge. Before he became a judge, he had never undertaken a divorce case. Divorce work was considered inferior and unpleasant at that time and the best juniors did not touch it. When he was assigned to the Divorce Division, the author sat in London during the first few months. Early in the war arrangements had been made for the courts to be evacuated to Oxford; but he never left the Strand. He disliked divorce work. It was sordid in the extreme and everything depended on proof of a matrimonial. He only worked in divorce for eighteen months. Finally, Lord Jowitt, the Lord Chancellor, transfered him to the King's Bench Division. But later, Lord Jowitt called him back from Exeter to chair a Committee on the administration of the law of Divorce.

Keywords: Divorce Judge; Divorce Division; Lord Chancellor; King's Bench Division; law of divorce

Chapter.  2467 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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