Sources of English Law

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

The making and importance of Acts of Parliament  An outline understanding of Green and White Papers, and the process of a Public Bill through Parliament to becoming an Act.

Case Law and Precedent An understanding of how the system of judicial precedent operates through the hierarchy of the courts. An outline understanding of the following: the importance of Law Reports; ratio decidendi and obiter dicta; binding and persuasive precedents.

Relationship between the different sources of law  An outline understanding of the principle of Parliamentary supremacy, including the impact of European Union membership and the significance of the operation of judicial precedent.




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