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Magistrates’ Courts

There remain around 200 operational UK Magistrates’ Courts (called Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts in Scotland) after many closures in recent years, perhaps indicating that Brits are more law-abiding these days. Alas no, since […]

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Family Courts

The Family Courts deal with the acrimonious aspects of domestic strife. The judges and lawyers deal with matters that are very sensitive and emotional for those individuals involved who, if present, must try to stay […]

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Small Claims

In 1973, when the Small Claims track for legal proceedings was introduced in the UK, it was suitable for debts up to £75. Over the next 40 years, in England and Wales, that gradually increased […]

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Police & Crime Commissioners

The hierarchy of UK police ranks, in ascending order, is generally as follows:- Constable Sergeant Inspector Chief Inspector Superintendent Chief Superintendent Assistant Chief Constable Deputy Chief Constable Chief Constable From 1964 to 2012, Chief Constables […]

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Treason

Considering that treason laws are intended to protect senior royalty, it is most odd to see four Queens, a Prince and a King in the list of around 150 miscreants who have been executed for […]

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Royal Assent

After a Bill passes through both Houses of Parliament, it must have Royal Assent to become an Act. The oldest way in which this is given is by the monarch attending the House of Lords […]

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The Official Secrets Act

Concerns over maintaining the confidentiality of information regarding Britain’s national security have parallelled the changing world of communications and international travel. The first Official Secrets Act was passed in 1889 with the aim of deterring […]

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Alfred the Great’s book of laws

One of the achievements of Alfred the Great (849-899), King of Wessex, was to compile ‘The Dōmbōc’ (The Doom Book) in c.886-93. It states the laws he deemed to be fair and relevant for his […]

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Disabled access

Both World Wars, by producing many more physically and mentally disabled people than before, resulted in the creation of laws and regulations designed to protect the disabled from discrimination and proactively make adjustments to assist […]

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Common law

Common law embodies the natural instinct towards knowing what is right (‘lawful’) and wrong (‘unlawful’) and the appropriate degree of punishment that should be given to someone who is found guilty by an independent judge […]

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Libel

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This children’s saying used to be the level-headed reply in any argument where one side has resorted to name-calling and slander. However, […]

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Crown Courts

The Courts Act of 1971 established the network of Crown Courts and circuit judges in England and Wales, streamlining the system in a push to modernise. Northern Ireland has its own Crown Courts and Scotland […]

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