Lord Norton of Louth [Philip Norton] was appointed Professor of Government in 1986 making him at the time the youngest professor of politics in the UK. In 1992 he also became Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies. In 1998 he was elevated to the peerage, as Lord Norton of Louth. From 2001 to 2004 he was Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. He has been described in The House Magazine – the journal of both Houses of Parliament – as ‘our greatest living expert on Parliament’. He is the author or editor of 32 books, including The British Polity, now in its fifth edition and Politics UK, with Bill Jones, now in its eighth edition. He was elevated to the peerage in 1998.


Professor Philip Norton addresses the importance of place in terms of affecting the relationship between organs of the state, in this case principally legislatures and the courts. The importance of place here refers not to the place of the institution in constitutional terms, but to physical location. He argues that institutions of the state are studied primarily in terms of behaviour, powers and outputs and that little attention has been paid to their location and how this affects relationships between them. This article examines the effects of location through a study of the highest domestic court in the United Kingdom moving from the Palace of Westminster to a separate building across the road from the Parliament. It examines the perceived benefits of the court and Parliament sharing the same space and the consequences of separation. The move from within the Palace of Westminster has effected a shift in judicial-legislative relations from one of respective autonomy to one of democratic dialogue.