Lawyers Empires: The anglicisation of the Manx Bar and Judiciary

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Edge, P. (1994) 'Lawyers Empires: The anglicisation of the Manx Bar and Judiciary', Journal of the Legal Profession, 19 (4) pp. 29-57.

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The Isle of Man is a very small jurisdiction, roughly equidistant from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. At various times in its history it has been dominated by one or other of its larger neighbours. Since 1765 it has been under the political and legal control of the British Crown, although the Isle of Man has never been absorbed into the United Kingdom. The special status of the Isle of Man as a separate territory, rather than an administrative unit such as a county, has led to it retaining its own unique laws and legal system. 1 Thus, there are distinct Manx courts, manned by distinctively Manx judicial officers, administering a body of law which, while often identical to English law in content, remained formally distinct and, in some areas, different in substance. This unique legal system was, after 1777, served by a local, professional bar. The Manx Bar is a unified body, by which is meant that all the functions required of a legal profession are carried out by a single profession--the advocates--rather than dividing the roles between two separate professions--such as the barrister and solicitor in England. Thus, after 1777 a single professional body was responsible for providing legal advice to private individuals and state officials and arguing cases in the Manx courts.

AuthorsEdge, P
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities and Social Sciences\School of Law
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