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Stockdale v Hansard [1839]

Facts

  • 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

Issue

  • Can a statute passed by only 1 house be valid

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • To valid, a statute must be passed by both houses of Parliament and receive royal assent
  • This was changed with the Parliament Act 1911
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