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.
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.'
Statutory Instruments are a form of secondary, delegated or subordinate legislation. They allow the provisions of an Act to be brought into force or amended without Parliament having to pass a new Act.
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.
Because solicitors deal with their clients direct and enter into a contract with them this means that the solicitor can sue for his fees if he is not paid and also allows the client to sue if the solicitor does not do his work.
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’.
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.