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U.K.H.L. - United Kingdom House of Lords (England)


Published decisions of the House of Lords, London, England.

Use started in 2000 and ended in 2009, although the citation has been applied retroactively to House of Lords decisions pre-2000.

In 2000, the House of Lords opted for a database and Internet-friendly neutral legal citation system: UKHL.

A sample citation:

R v Islam [2009] UKHL 30

It may be spelled with periods, as in "U.K.H.L."

Since 2000, all cases chosen for release to the public are assigned a permanent UKHL number with the four-digit year in square brackets, followed by the UKHL and then a sequentially assigned number which starts at 1 on the first judgment issued as of January 1, and ends with the last judgment published on December 31 of each year.

The final appeal hearings and judgments of the House of Lords took place on 30 July 2009. The judicial role of the House of Lords as the highest appeal court in the UK has ended.

From 1 October 2009, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (UKSC) assumed jurisdiction on points of law for all civil law cases in the UK and all criminal cases in England and Wales and Northern Ireland.

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