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British Higher Judiciary, 1876-1972

Title details

SN: 241
Title: British Higher Judiciary, 1876-1972
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-241-1
Depositor: Tate, C.N., North Texas State University
Principal investigator(s): Tate, C.N., North Texas State University


The citation for this study is:

Tate, C.N. British Higher Judiciary, 1876-1972. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 241,

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Subject Categories

Elites and leadership - Social stratification and groupings
Legal history - History
Legislation and legal systems - Law, crime and legal systems


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

To record data about the social backgrounds, legal training and governmental and non-governmental careers of all judges serving in the higher British judiciary from the time of the judicial reforms of 1876 through the calendar year 1972.
Main Topics:
Details of marriage, schooling, university, degrees obtained, honours and decorations received, career history, club membership, military service, recreations, publications. Political office and affiliation, administrative offices held, highest judicial office held. Whether listed in standard biographical dictionaries (Who's Who, Dictionary of National Biography, Burke's Peerage, Burke's Landed Gentry).
Date of birth and death, region, birthplace (size of town). Whether father listed in standard biographical dictionaries. Whether father titled, knighted or had done military service (rank). Father's occupation and education. Whether father had ever held elective, administrative or judicial office. Whether grandfather was ever a judge.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1876 - 1972
Dates of fieldwork: 15 January 1973 - 15 August 1973
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: No information recorded
Observation units: Groups
Universe: National
Judges serving on the High Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal, or as Lords of Appeal in Ordinary in England, 1876 - 1972 inclusive
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Number of units: 317 (target) 317 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: No information recorded
Data sources: Standard biographical dictionaries, principally, Who's Who, Who Was Who, and the Dictionary of National Biography (with supplements).
Lists of judges obtained from Whittaker's Almanacs

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 01 January 1975
Copyright: No information recorded
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
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Study information and citation UKDA_Study_241_Information.htm 14
READ File read241.txt 2


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By principal investigator(s):
Tate, C.N., `Paths to the bench in Britain: a quasi-experimental study of the recruitment of a judicial elite', Western Political Quarterly

  • Tate, C.N., Recruitment to the British higher judiciary, 1876 - 1972: causal models, Paper presented to the American Political Science Association, 1975

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