Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
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s in the United Kingdom
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. Established by the Judicial Committee Act 1833 to hear appeals formerly heard by the King in Council (s. 3), it is the highest court of appeal (or court of last resort) for several independent Commonwealth
Commonwealth of Nations
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countries, as well as for the United Kingdom's overseas territories
British overseas territories
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, and the British Crown Dependencies. It is often referred to as the Privy Council, as in most cases appeals are made to "Her Majesty in Council" (i.e.