Tag Archives: British law

The Curious Legal Legacy Of The First Duke Of Sussex

On April 4, 1793, Prince Augustus Frederick (later the first Duke of Sussex) secretly married Lady Augusta Murray at a hotel in Rome. Although it was a love match, their nuptials would ignite a legal firestorm that gave rise to … Continue reading

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Impeachment In The United Kingdom

Impeachment has been in the news lately on both sides of the Atlantic. While Democrats in the United States House of Representatives have formally launched impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Plaid Cymru’s leader in the Commons has suggested that Boris … Continue reading

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Could Boris Johnson Try To Suspend The Benn Act?

Sir John Major today claimed that Boris Johnson might try to suspend the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (‘the Benn Act’) by Order of Council to avoid having to ask for an extension. But what is an Order … Continue reading

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Was Anyone Ever Prosecuted For Violating The Royal Marriages Act?

Last week’s post about the Royal Marriages Act 1772 led a reader to ask an interesting question: was it ever used to prosecute anyone? If you haven’t read the original post, here are the basics: the Royal Marriages Act required … Continue reading

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The Boring Truth About The Cestui Que Vie Act 1666

WhatDoTheyKnow.com is one of my favorite sites. It’s an archive of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and it’s fascinating to see what people are looking for. Some of the requests are downright bizarre. Recently, I noticed several that dealt … Continue reading

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The Curious Case Of Queen Victoria And The Lesbians

Today, I’m going to answer a question that I’ve been asked a surprising number of times: did Victoria prevent the criminalization of lesbianism because she didn’t believe that lesbians existed? According to the myth, the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 … Continue reading

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Peers Resist Changes To Judicial Review

The Government suffered a defeat today in the House of Lords as peers rejected Chris Grayling’s attempt to make it more difficult for people to apply for judicial review. Clause 70 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would have required the High Court to dismiss … Continue reading

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