Legal System of England & Wales
Legal System of Englands and Wales 2022-23
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 1 & 2
The module introduces the student to the Legal System of England and Wales, providing a framework to study what is Law, how the system operates and the system in a social context. The module examines the court structure, both civil and criminal, the judiciary, lawyers and the role and significance of lay participation in the system (magistrates, juries and tribunal members) , statutory interpretation and judicial precedent. Where relevant, comparisons will be drawn to the Welsh body of law that is emerging from the devolved administration. Students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the legal system as it moves into the 21st century, in comparison with other countries and with attention to its history.
-threshold -D- to D+ (40-49%) An answer which, while predominantly correct in its presentation of material, contains a significant level of error and is therefore not entirely reliable.
-good -B- to B+ (60-69%) High Standard: A comprehensive answer, containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in an argument which, while clear, logical and critical, leaves room for improvement in its construction and presentation. An answer which shows complete competence in the subject.
-excellent -A- to A* (70+%) An outstanding answer containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in a clear, logical, critical argument with little room for improvement. An answer which demonstrates a complete mastery of the subject
-another level-C- to C+ (50-59%) An answer which, while always in the main accurate and correct, fails to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant material and is lacking in criticism. An answer which while reliable with regard to correctness is either not comprehensive or not entirely pertinent.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the legal system of England and Wales, and the principles that apply in the legal system.
- Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent and to communicate relevant information accurately and reliably, in writing in English or Welsh.
- Describe developments and reform of the particular areas of the legal system.
- Explain the roles the structures and individuals involved in the legal system including their roles in the legislative legislative process and the basic distinction between civil and criminal law.
- Identify, explain and distinguish between primary and secondary legislation including the sources of legal information.