Law making: judicial precedent.

The rule of law. This topic forms part of the nature of law and the English legal system unit and counts towards the A level award.

  • The doctrine of judicial precedent.
  • The hierarchy of the courts including the Supreme Court.
  • Stare decisis, ratio decidendi and obiter dicta; law reporting in outline and the reasons for it.
  • The operation of judicial precedent: following, overruling and distinguishing.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the doctrine of judicial precedent and the operation of precedent.

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Stare Decisis



Obiter Dicta

Units and Topics

The following units are part of the AQA A Level Law 7162 from 2017 course

A Level Law: The nature of law and the English legal system.

A Level Law: Criminal law

A Level Law: Tort

A Level Law Option B: Human rights

A Level Law Option A: Contract law

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