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 3: The Legal Systems of Scotland and Northern Ireland
Chapter 3 examines:
- Sources of Scots law
- The background to the Troubles in Northern Ireland
- Devolved governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland
- Workings of the Scottish and Northern Irish court systems and their key personnel structures
- Changes in the Northern Ireland criminal justice system
This chapter examines the devolved systems of Scotland and Northern Ireland, their separate regulatory bodies of control and progressive developments in criminal justice and law enforcement.
Scotland has a distinctly different jurisdiction to England and Wales, though it has no sovereignty power nor is it regarded as a separate nation state within the European Union. The Acts of Union 1707 dissolved both the Scottish and English parliaments and replaced them with a new ...