Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876

The Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 (39 & 40 Vict. c.59) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that altered the judicial functions of the House of Lords. The Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1887 allowed senior judges to sit in the House of Lords as life peers, known as Lords of Appeal in Ordinary.[1]

Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act for amending the Law in respect of the Appellate Jurisdiction of the House of Lords; and for other purposes.
Citation39 & 40 Vict. c.59
Territorial extentUnited Kingdom
Royal assent11 August 1876
Commencement1 November 1876
Repealed1 October 2009
Other legislation
Repealed byConstitutional Reform Act 2005
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The act was repealed by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005,[2][3] which transferred the judicial functions from the House of Lords to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Following the creation of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the practice of appointing Lords of Appeal in Ordinary was discontinued. The last person to be made a law lord was Sir Brian Kerr on 29 June 2009.

See also


  1. McKechnie, William Sharp, 1909: The reform of the House of Lords; with a criticism of the Report of the Select Committee of 2nd December, 1908, p.13
  2. "Part 3, Constitutional Reform Act 2005", Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, 4, p. 3, 24 March 2005, retrieved 2 September 2009 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Statutory Instrument 2009 No. 1604 The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (Commencement No. 11) Order 2009 (Coming into force 2009-10-01)