|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||3 Hours. Three one hour seminars during the semester|
|Lecture||16 Hours. Two one hour lectures per week|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours||100%|
Students of this module should be able to understand the development of the legal system, and be able to comment upon the characteristics which this has produced. In particular, they should have an understanding of the use and significance of judicial precedent, and the relationship between binding precedent and the system of courts. They should be able to describe and comment upon the so-called "rules" of statutory interpretation, and see how this, and the role of judges in interpreting precedents is perceived as " law-making". Students should understand the role of the legal profession and the jury.
Students will have knowledge and understanding of:
- the theoretical underpinning of law and
- the legal environment
As to other skills and qualities, students will develop:
- independent research skills,
- written and oral skills,
- reading and interpreting information.
The course examines the structure of the legal system in England and Wales. The role of the judiciary in the interpretation of legislation and the development of case law will be analysed in detail. Dispute settlement methods will be examined by looking at the formal legal litigation process. You will analyse the distinction between law and fact because of the importance of this to legal studies generally. The structure of the court system and the role of the legal profession will be examined. A course such as this would not be complete without an introduction to the historical development of the law in England and Wales and this is provided, with particular emphasis on the growth of common law and equity. The course aims to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the environment in which the law operates and also to appreciate that law is a dynamic, constantly changing subject and not simply a rigid body of rules which are to be memorised. An understanding of such matters as judicial precedent and the methods used by the judiciary for the interpretation of statutes will greatly benefit students when faced with subjects such as criminal law or land law.
The Module aims to provide students with an understanding of the structure, historical development and workings of the legal system in England and Wales, and to enable students to critically assess legal systems.
(i) What is "law"?
(ii) A brief history of the development and sources of the legal system in England and Wales.
(iii) Distinctions and categories of law.
2. Outline of the Court System
(i) The structure of the legal system in England and Wales.
(ii) The civil and criminal appeal systems.
3. Inquisitorial and adversarial systems compared.
4. Case Law and the System of Precedent
(i) The role of case law in the legal system of England and Wales.
(ii) Comparison with other legal systems.
(iii) The English system of precedent in operation.
(iv) Precedent in the European context.
5. Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
(i) The structure of Bills.
(ii) The legislative process.
(iii) The "rules" of statutory interpretation and other aids to interpretation.
(iv) the impact of The Human Rights Act 1998
6. Tribunals and Alternative Dispute resolution
(i) Categories of Tribunals.
(ii) Different modes of ADR.
7. The Legal Profession and the Role of the Jury in the Legal System
(i) The role of the legal profession, magistrates and the judiciary in England and Wales.
(ii) The role of the jury.
(iii) Either way offences.
(iv) New legislation, reforms and their relevance.
Reading ListGeneral Text
Elliott, Catherine (2009.) English legal system :essential cases and materials /Catherine Elliott. 2nd ed. Pearson Longman Primo search Should Be Purchased
Elliott, Catherine (March 2010) English Legal System Should be purchased 11th ed.,New Edition Longman [Imprint] Primo search Kelly, David (March 2010) The English Legal System 2010-2011 Elliott&Quinn OR Kelly,Davi Should be purchased 11th ed.,New Edition Routledge Cavendish [Imprint] Primo search Recommended Text
Cownie, Fiona English Legal System in Context 5th ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Gillespie, Alisdair. (2009.) The English legal system /Alisdair A. Gillespie. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Holland, James (May 2010) Learning Legal Rules:Legal Method and Reasoning 7th ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Recommended Consultation
Manchester, Colin (2006.) Exploring the law :the dynamics of precedent and statutory interpretation. 3rd ed. Sweet &amp; Maxwell Primo search Reference Text
Bailey, S. H. (2007.) Smith, Bailey and Gunn on the modern English legal system /by S.H. Bailey, J.P.L. Ching, N.W. Taylor. 5th ed. Sweet &amp; Maxwell Primo search Darbyshire, Penny (Feb. 2009) Darbyshire on the English Legal System 9th ed.,Revised Sweet &amp; Maxwell, Limited Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 4