838. Jurisdiction of the Crown.

(ii)     Jurisdiction

838.     Jurisdiction of the Crown.

Jurisdiction to determine a claim to a dignity exists only in the Sovereign. The Sovereign has in fact at various periods referred claims to different authorities, such as the Lord Treasurer of England and the Earl Marshal1. A question of dignity or honour cannot be tried by a court of law2. In practice all claims of any difficulty are now referred to the House of Lords3; the House then refers them to a committee for peerage claims4.