839. Jurisdiction of the House of Lords.

839.     Jurisdiction of the House of Lords.

Whilst a hereditary peerage no longer confers on the holder an automatic right to sit in the House of Lords1, the House of Lords still has inherent jurisdiction over claims to the right to sit and vote in the House2. The House of Lords claims to have an inherent right to decide claims to Irish peerages3. In practice all peerage claims of any difficulty are now referred to the House of Lords4.