23 November, 2007

Judicial Precedent

Filed under: additional reading,AS-Level,domestic law — legaleasy @ 10:24 am

W/E 23rd November

This week we looked at precendent and hierarchy of the courts. There is a very rigid doctrine of precedent which means that courts are bound by the courts above it and in turn bind those below.

When studying the hierarchies DO NOT confuse the civil and criminal systems. Make sure that you know which courts bind which.

Civil Courts

Criminal Courts

European Court of Justice

European Court of Justice

House of Lords

House of Lords

Court of Appeal (Civil Div.)

Court of Appeal (Crim. Div.)

Divisional Courts

Queen’s Bench Divisional Court

High Court

Crown Court

County Court

Magistrates’ Court

Magistrates’ Court


We also looked at the House of Lords and judicial precedent in a little more detail focussing on the important 1966 Practice Statement.

Additional Reading

If you have not done so already, I would suggest that you start going back through your folders and making notes in readiness for the January exam.


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