The legal system: legal personnel and the judiciary

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 different roles of barristers, solicitors and legal executives.
  • Basic understanding of the regulation of legal personnel.
  • The judiciary: types of judge.
  • The role of judges in civil and criminal courts.
  • The independence of the judiciary: security of tenure, immunity from suit, independence from the Executive.
  • Reasons for and advantages of judicial independence and methods by which it is achieved.
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