The English Legal System - Main Topics of Study

Sources of Law

  • Case law
  • Statute law
  • Delegated legislation
  • European law
  • Equity
  • Treaties

The Judiciary

  • Appointment
  • Training
  • Termination
  • Discipline
  • Independence

The Jury System

  • Functions
  • Qualifications
  • Verdicts
  • Arguments for and against

Magistrates

  • Selection and appointment
  • Removal and retirement
  • Training
  • Jurisdiction
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • State funded legal aid and advice schemes

The Criminal Justice System

  • The Crown Prosecution Service
  • Bail
  • Classification of offences
  • Trial
  • Committal

The Civil Justice System

  • The Courts

Tribunals

  • To-day
  • Appeals
  • Advantages and disadvantages

Civil Liberties

  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • Freedom of assembly
  • Freedom of association
  • Freedom from discrimination
  • Freedom of the person
  • Freedom of expression

Remedies for Infringement of Civil Rights

  • Judicial review
  • Habeas Corpus
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Self-defence

Recommended Reading

Main Text:

English Legal System - Elliott, C. & Quinn, F. (Longman 10th Ed.)