In spite of the dualism of jurisdiction between the Houses of Parliament and the courts of law1, the current measure of agreement on the respective spheres of the two Houses and the courts has, since the mid-nineteenth century, prevented the direct conflicts of earlier years2.
Although the Houses have never directly admitted3 the claim of the courts of law to adjudicate on matters of privilege, they appear to recognise that neither House is by itself entitled to claim the supremacy which was enjoyed by the undivided High Court of Parliament4.
For their part the courts of law acknowledge that the control
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