Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (UK) papers available online

The International Association of Law Libraries has posted news from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) about an important digitisation project.

Thousands of Case Papers from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council are now freely available on BAILII. The database includes all decisions from 1996 and selected historical decisions back to 1890.

The report by Steven Whittle of IALS explains that:

"The Judicial Committee of The Privy Council is the court of final appeal for the UK overseas territories and Crown dependencies and for those Commonwealth countries that have retained the appeal to Her Majesty in Council or, in the case of Republics, to the Judicial Committee. As well, the Privy Council hears some appeals within the UK. Historically, it was the supreme appellate court of the British Empire, whose decisions also provided persuasive authority in British courts. It has decided cases across a wide range of legal topics such as: admiralty, constitutional and ecclesiastical matters, contract, murder, status of persons; and had a key role in the export and assimilation of common law around the world."

Have a look at the IALL post for more details on this project. Hat tip:


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