Saturday, 3 September 2011

The English Legal System

What are the key characteristics of the English Legal System? [This analysis could also be used to map out the key features of other systems too].

* Sources of Law (Legislation; Case Law - and doctrine of Precedent)
* The Court Structure (Criminal; Civil; Appeals)
* The Judiciary (Types of Judge; Appointment & Tenure; Judicial Independence)
* The Legal Profession (Barristers; Solicitors; Training; Regulation)
* Other Persons (especially lay persons) involved in the system
* Criminal Process (Types of Offences; Procedure in Magistrates & Crown Courts)
* Civil Process (High Court; County Court; ADR)
* Access to Justice (Legal Aid