Today in Legal History: V-E Day Celebrated

On May 8, 1945, the United States and Great Britain celebrated Victory in Europe day. This day marked the end of World War II and the surrender of German troops throughout Europe. World War II began in 1939, with Hitler’s invasion of Poland, and France and England declaring war on Germany two days later. The war lasted six years, causing massive destruction and taking more lives than any previous war.

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Judicial Capacity of the UK House of Lords Ceases

A feature of the British court system since 1876, the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords (the court of last resort in the UK also known as the Law Lords) ceased existence on July 31st. Their functions will be assumed by the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to be inaugurated on October 1, 2009. Read an introduction to the new Supreme Court here.