Courts and Processes

The following topics form part of Unit 1, The English Legal System.

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Hierarchy of the Courts - An outline understanding of both the criminal and civil court hierarchy, including both first instance and major appeal courts.

The Criminal Courts

The Magistrates’ Court

Pre-trial:  An outline understanding of the following: the difference between summons and arrest; the role of the Crown Prosecution Service; duty solicitors (at the police station and at court); summary, either-way and indictable offences; bail (both by the police and by the court).

The trial:  An understanding of the role of magistrates in summary trial and trial of either-way offences.

Post-trial: An outline understanding of the following: sentencing; appeals.

The Crown Court 

The trial:  An understanding of the roles of judge and jury in trying indictable offences, including offences triable either-way.

Post-trial:  An outline understanding of the following: sentencing; appeals.

The Civil Courts            

The County Court

Pre-trial:  An outline understanding of the following: negotiation; sources of legal advice and funding a civil claim, ie Legal Help, Citizens Advice Bureaux, private finance, Civil Legal Representation, insurance, conditional fees, bringing a civil claim for damages.

The trial:  An understanding of the difference between a Small Claims and a Fast Track hearing in the County Court.

Post-trial: An outline understanding of the following: civil remedies (damages and injunctions); appeals.

 

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