Judgments

The House of Lords was the UK's highest Court of Appeal until 30 July 2009. From 1 October 2009, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom 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.

Access to judgments since 1996

All judgments of the Law Lords since 14 November 1996 to 30 July 2009 are available on the Parliament website. They are available in browsable html and print-friendly PDF formats.
House of Lords judgments: archive

Access to judgments prior to 1996

Access to judgments prior to 1996 can be arranged through the Parliamentary Archives. The Archives holds appeal cases and other records of the House of Lords acting in its judicial capacity, dating from 1621.
Parliamentary Archives

Other judgments

The archived House of Lords judgments are the only case law that Parliament holds. For any other court decision you will need to use a legal information service such as the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII), which is free to access.
British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)

Related information

Law Lords

As highly qualified, full-time judges, the Law Lords carried out the judicial work of the House of Lords until 30 July 2009.

From 1 October 2009, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom 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.

The 12 Lords of Appeal in Ordinary (the Law Lords) were appointed the first justices of the 12-member Supreme Court and were disqualified from sitting or voting in the House of Lords. When they retire they can return to the House of Lords.

UK Supreme Court - 2009

The judicial function of Parliament transferred to the Supreme Court from 1 October 2009.