Queen’s Bench Division

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The Queen’s Bench Division — known, when the individual sitting on the British throne for the time being has goolies, as the King’s Bench Division — is that part of the High Court of Justice with jurisdiction over crime, tort, contract, defamation, commercial and property.

To be contrasted with the Chancery Division, which looks after property, land, trusts and that kind of thing, and Joy Division, which looked after magisterial yet somewhat melodramatic seventies post-punk angst, until it was reconstituted in 1981 as a purveyor of moody electronica called New Order.

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