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Over the course of centuries, the House of Lords has evolved into a large and baffling institution. As well as being the second chamber of the UK Parliament, it is the highest court in the country where law lords hear cases such as the recent appeal on the extradition of General Augusto Pinochet.

BBC News Online's interactive guide cuts through the confusion - simply click on the different areas labelled to find a straightforward guide to the Lords' components.