This practical guide introduces students to the basic principles of the law, enabling a comprehensive understanding of criminology and criminal justice. Law for Criminologists enthuses both students and teachers about the law while giving sound advice on how to achieve a thorough comprehension of the topic. The book strikes a much-needed balance between essential law for criminologists and commentary on current legal issues.
Chapter 2: The Legal System of England and Wales
The Legal System of England and Wales
Chapter 2 examines:
- The sources of English law
- The constitutional and administrative structure of the UK Parliament and its law-making powers
- The nature of the English civil and criminal court system and its key personnel
- The changing nature of other civil courts, such as the coroner's court, tribunals and inquiries
Chapter 2 introduces you to the English legal system, so that you get a good grounding in basic legal principles and sources of law. In order to understand how legislation comes about in the form of statutes (Acts of Parliament), you need to understand the set up of the UK Parliament before you embark on criminal procedure.
There has long been a heated debate in Parliament whether the ...