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Family Law

Stephen Cretney

in The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199532711
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191705489 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.003.0042
 Family Law

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This chapter focuses on the role of the House of Lords in relation to family law. It demonstrates the value of a judicial body which has increasingly refused to be confined to a formalistic and mechanistic view of the judicial role. It provides illustrations of the self-evident truth that judicial attitudes change, as do attitudes in society generally, and that attitudes amongst the individual judges active at any particular time will also differ. The application of the law governing family relationships may sometimes be particularly susceptible of being influenced by individual judges' personalities, beliefs, and attitudes.

Keywords: House of Lords; family law; English law; family values

Chapter.  7407 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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