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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Constitutional Adjudication of the Privy Council

P Sean Morris

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 February 2020

Subject(s):
Appellate courts — Common law — Quasi-judicial bodies — Supranational constitutional courts — Jurisdiction

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. English common law is one of the most unified systems of law that can be found in many countries, and one British legal institution has been credited for the uniformity of English common law—the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (‘JCPC’). The JCPC has its origins in medieval customs of English law, which have changed in many aspects over the centuries. Nowadays, the JCPC serves as the final court of appeal for British overseas territories (eg Cayman Islands); Crown dependencies (eg Guernsey); some members of the Commonwealth (eg Mauritius); and former...
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