Court of High Commission

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Imran Traders v Ministry of Commerce and National Tariff Commission, Writ petition, 2006 PTD 1446, ILDC 1076 (PK 2006), 20th March 2006, High Court

Sivsivadze and ors (on behalf of Human Rights Commission) v Minister for Justice and Equality and ors, Judicial review, [2012] IEHC 244, ILDC 1941 (IE 2012), 21st June 2012, High Court

Maritime Union of Australia, Re; Ex parte CSL Pacific Shipping Incorporated, CSL Pacific Shipping Incorporated v Australian Industrial Relations Commission and ors, Application to the Full Court of the Australian High Court, [2003] HCA 43, (2003) 200 ALR 39, ILDC 204 (AU 2003), 7th August 2003, High Court [HCA]

Kenya, ex parte Saitoti v Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Goldenberg Affair and ors, Judicial review, Misc Civ App No 102 of 2006, ILDC 1320 (KE 2006), 31st July 2006, High Court

Purvis (on the application of Hoggan) v New South Wales (Department of Education and Training) and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and Attorney-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (intervening), Appeal judgment, [2003] HCA 62, ILDC 206 (AU 2003), (2003) 217 CLR 92, (2003) 202 ALR 133, (2003) 78 ALJR 1, 11th November 2003, High Court [HCA]

Kenya section of the International Commission of Jurists v Attorney General and Minister of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security and Kenyans for Justice and Development Trust (joining), Final judgment, [2011] eKLR, ILDC 1804 (KE 2011), 28th November 2011, Kenya; Nairobi; High Court


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Known as such from c.1570, it emanated from earlier ecclesiastical commissions (after 1547), was given statutory authority (1559), reconstructed (1583), and exercised the ecclesiastical appellate and original jurisdiction of the crown as supreme governor. Extensively used by Whitgift, Bancroft, and Laud, its inquisitorial methods, swift and secret in action, were more efficient than diocesan courts. Feared and detested universally, its abolition with Star Chamber (1641) was not revoked (1661), though James II revived it briefly in modified form as the Ecclesiastical Commission (1686–8).

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