Law making: judicial precedent

This topic forms part of the nature of law and the English legal system unit and counts towards the AS 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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