Stockdale v Hansard [1839]


  • The defendant, following the publishing of a book, was alleged to have be libellous in doing so
  • The defendant claimed that the relevant statute was not valid


  • Can a statute passed by only 1 house be valid


  • No


  • To valid, a statute must be passed by both houses of Parliament and receive royal assent
  • This was changed with the Parliament Act 1911
RELATED CASE  R v Metropolitan Police Commissioner, ex p Blackburn [1968]

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