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Briefly explain the law relating to murder

Murder is a common law offence and is the unlawful killing of a human being, under the Queen’s peace, with malice aforethought. It is considered by most people to be one of the most serious of offences. It carries a mandatory life sentence.

Comment on what amounts to a Criminal Attempt

A criminal attempt is defined by Sec:1 (1) Criminal Attempts Act 1981 'If, with intent to commit an offence a person does an act which is more than merely preparatory to the commission of the offence, he is guilty of attempting to commit the offence.'

Describe and illustrate Orders in Council

Authority has been granted by the Emergency Powers Act 1920 and the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 for legislation to be introduced by an Order in Council.

Describe and illustrate the tort of assault

An assault is a tort as well as a crime. An assault may be defined as intentionally and directly causing the victim to fear an apparent and imminent battery.

Describe and illustrate the tort of battery

It may be defined as the intentional, direct and unlawful physical contact with a person. Battery is sometimes included in the term 'assault' or 'common assault' whereas no harm or contact is required for the tort of assault to be established.

Describe how disputes can be resolved

There is a range of different methods of resolving disputes without going to court. These alternative methods are referred to as ‘ADR’ i.e. Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Describe the selection and training of lay magistrates

There are about 30,000 lay magistrates sitting as part-time judges in the Magistrates’ Courts. They are alternatively known as Justices of the Peace and their origins go back to 1195 when Richard I appointed ‘keepers of the peace’.

Describe the various sources of legal advice

There are a number of sources of legal advice available to someone with problems involving civil law. Examples might include consumer problems, contractual disputes, housing problems and debt management.

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