Van oude mensen, de Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, die voorbijgaan…

door GB op 01/08/2009

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De Law Lords zijn vertrokken uit het House of Lords, om samen de eerste 12 rechters van het Supreme Court of the United Kingdom te gaan vormen. Afgelopen maandag werden ze uitgezwaaid met een motie, moved by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon:

That, in view of the establishment of the United Kingdom Supreme Court on 1 October, this House thinks it right to record its appreciation of the contribution made to the work of this House by all those who have assisted the House or served in the House in a judicial capacity; and by the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary and other Law Lords since the passage of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876.

Blijkens de Hansard maakten de Lords nog verschillende aardige opmerkingen over hun collega’s in kwestie, maar er werd ook subtiel gemopperd over de nieuwlichterij. Lord Strathclyde roemt de rechterlijke functie van het parlement tot terug in de 17e eeuw. ‘It was a good deal and served Britain well. Now that it is ending, who knows where constitutional change will take us? Let us hope that the new Supreme Court will never come to set itself against this place.’ En dan op de manier die het Britse parlement zo groot maakt:

I think it would be fair to say that the overwhelming need for the expulsion of the Law Lords from this House had not struck many of us until that infamous press release from No. 10. I remain unashamedly one of the unconverted today, and I suspect that I am not alone. Having been told they had to go because people were confused that they were in Parliament, I was a little confused myself to find they wanted the address of the Supreme Court to be Parliament Square.

Baroness D’Souza, on behalf of the Cross Benches, treurt om het verlies van juridische expertise in de House of Lords. Misschien dat ze nog terugkomen als ze met pensioen gaan (dat moeten ze op hun 75e) maar ‘this will also depend on which way House of Lords reform swings. I think it unlikely that these giants of the legal profession will submit themselves to the hurly-burly of electioneering, should a fully elected House be the choice.’

Het was de vraag hoe de nieuwe rechters zullen worden aangsproken. Naar het schijnt blijft het ‘My Lord’ (of ‘My Lady’) Maar daar is het laatste woord nog niet over gezegd. Dat blijkt wel uit de woorden van de ontzettend geestige Baroness Hale of Richmond, een Law Lady. Het begint allemaal niet zo spetterend, maar het is zeker de moeite waard (in ieder geval vanaf de 14e minuut):

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1 FJJ 02/10/2009 om 20:15

Inderdaad zeer humorvol, en Brits.

Kleine toevoeging uit de Hansard:

Earl Ferrers:

It must come to an end because it is said that people do not understand the difference between a political Lord and a Law Lord and, therefore, they should be housed separately. However, people never understand the niceties of other people’s businesses in which they themselves are not involved. Not many people know how to butcher a pig. That does not really matter because, fortunately, a butcher does.

En zo is het maar net…

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