The legal system: the criminal courts and lay people

This topic forms part of the nature of law and the English legal system unit and counts towards the AS award.

  • Basic understanding of the criminal process including the classification of offences and the appeal system.
  • Criminal court powers and sentencing of adult offenders.
  • The role of lay people: the role and powers of magistrates in criminal courts and the role of juries in criminal courts.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of using juries in criminal courts.
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