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The courts of England and Wales updated July 2015

The Prison Reform Trust works to ensure they are just, humane and effective.

Latest news and comment on Law from the Guardian.

Find out more about magistrates.

Who are they? What do they do? How are they appointed? The role of bench chairmen.

Which judge sits in which type of court?

The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and police.

Search, find and watch the politics that affects you.

 

The Legal Ombudsman is independent and impartial. Our service is free. When we receive complaints, we will look at the facts in each case and weigh-up both sides of the story. 

Decision-making

Legislation and case-law

Have your say

 

What is the Supreme Court? Why was it established in 2009? And what issues does it hear about? This introductory film is primarily aimed at GSCE/Standard Grade students and explores the role and the workings of the Supreme Court, the only court with UK-wide jurisdiction and the highest court in the land. 

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) (formerly the Office for Judicial Complaints) supports the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice in their joint responsibility for judicial discipline. It seeks to ensure that all judicial disciplinary issues are dealt with consistently, fairly and efficiently.

The JCIO operates in accordance with the Judicial Discipline (Prescribed Procedures) Regulations 2013 and the supporting rules.  It can only deal with complaints about a judicial office-holder's personal conduct - it cannot deal with complaints about judicial decisions or about case management.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) helps the police cut crime and keep the public safe by joining up the operational response to the most serious and strategic threats.

Family solicitors is owned and maintained by Interactive Law. Interactive Law was established in 1999 and was one of the first organisations in the UK to provide comprehensive legal information on the internet.

The Junior Lawyers Division was set up as a specific group within the Law Society to provide Junior Lawyers with support, advice, information and networking opportunities. We also represent your views through lobbying and campaigns both internationally and here in the UK.

The Institute of Paralegals is the oldest not-for-profit, incorporated professional body for paralegals in the United Kingdom.

We were incorporated in 2003. In 2005, we were granted institute status by the Secretary of State for the Department of Trade & Industry, after proving that we met the government's requirement that we were a "professional body of the highest standing".

Our application for institute status was supported by, amongst others, The Law Society of England & Wales, the Bar Council, the Crown Prosecution Service and Citizens Advice.

 

© Copyright 2008. Institute of Paralegals

The Student Loans Company is a non-profit making Government-owned organisation set up in 1989 to provide loans and grants to students in universities and colleges in the UK.

LNAT was developed by a consortium of UK universities as a fair way to assess  a candidate’s potential to study law at undergraduate level, regardless of their education or personal background.

The LNAT is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than educational achievement. The skills that candidates need to do well in the LNAT are also the skills that they need to do well in legal education.

It is used alongside standard methods of selection such as A Level (or their global equivalent) results, university applications, and admissions interviews, to give a more accurate and rounded impression of the student’s abilities.

 

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LNAT ® is a registered trademark
of LNAT Consortium Ltd

A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.

 

The Hansard Society is the UK's leading independent, non-partisan, political research and education charity.

We aim to strengthen parliamentary democracy and encourage greater public involvement in politics. At the heart of our work is the principle that civic society is most effective when its citizens are connected with the institutions and individuals who represent them in the democratic process. There has never been more urgency for Parliament to engage with the public.

The UK's highest court of appeal has ruled on cases ranging from prenups to Star Wars helmets and the definition of a miscarriage of justice.

 

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) provides high quality legal and strategic policy advice and support to the Attorney General and the Solicitor General (the Law Officers).

The Attorney General

  • is Chief Legal Adviser to the Crown;
  • is a Minister of the Crown with responsibility for superintending the prosecuting departments, and
  • has a number of independent public interest functions.

On this website you can find publications, news releases, information about us and on our work and contact details. Financial information can be found via the Guide to Information.

The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK. It was established in 1866 and is named after John Howard, one of the first prison reformers. The Howard League for Penal Reform is entirely independent of government and is funded by voluntary donations and membership subscriptions.

  • The Howard League for Penal Reform wants a safe society where fewer people are victims of crime
  • The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that offenders must make amends for what they have done and change their lives
  • The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that community sentences make a person take responsibility and live a law-abiding life in the community

The Commission have a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

 

JUSTICE is an all-party law reform and human rights organisation. We promote improvements to the British legal system – through research, education, lobbying and interventions in the courts. We are the UK section of the International Commission of Jurists. JUSTICE is a registered charity (no 1058580). We rely on the generosity of our members and suppoters for the funds to carry out our work.

Areas of work

CaseCheck ™ is an extensive resource of court cases and case law used by lawyers, law students, in-house lawyers, paralegals, claims handlers, barristers and advocates throughout the UK and the rest of the world. Search our case law archive, find your next legal job or browse our database of legal articles.

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The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council originated as the highest court of civil and criminal appeal for the British Empire.

It now fulfils the same purpose for many current and former Commonwealth countries, as well as the United Kingdom’s overseas territories, crown dependencies, and military sovereign base areas.

 

 

This blog is dedicated to the UK Supreme Court. The UK Supreme Court is the UK's highest court; its judgments bind lower courts and thus shape the development of English Law. Since 1399, the Law Lords, the judges of the most senior court in the country, have sat within Parliament. From October 2009, however, they have moved to an independent court in the Middlesex Guildhall. To mark this historic development, this blog has been set up to provide commentary on the UK Supreme Court and its judgments.

 

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service was created on 1 April 2011. It brings together Her Majesty's Courts Service and the Tribunals Service into one integrated agency providing support for the administration of justice in courts and tribunals.

 

The Judiciary site provides invaluable information for all walks of life.

 

The Magistrates' Association is the membership organisation for magistrates in England and Wales. It is funded by its members to represent their interests.

There is information about why you might want to become a magistrate, how to apply and the training involved. The site talks about sentencing, and allows the visitor to the site the chance to try their hand at sentencing.

The site describes how a Magistrates' Court works and describes what the court may look like.

There is a special section for young people with information and activities to get involved in.

 

About the Bar Council

The General Council of the Bar (known as the Bar Council) was founded in 1894 to represent the interests of barristers. As the governing body for the Bar its role is to promote and improve the services and functions of the Bar, and to represent the interests of the Bar on all matters relating to the profession, whether trade union, disciplinary, public interest or in any way affecting the administration of justice.

The site provides information about barristers and looks at the history of barristers, the Inns of Court, the Circuits, Judicial appointments and Silk, and training and careers. There is also a link to their commitment to have 'No Bar To The Bar'.

 

 

 

 

The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales. From negotiating with and lobbying the profession's regulators, government and others, to offering training and advice, we're here to help, protect and promote solicitors across England and Wales.

The site has links to the Law Society Gazette, the media centre - with up to date press releases and information, the solicitors regulation authority and the Legal Ombudsman.

Directgov the official UK government website for citizens ... Website of the UK government.

Providing a single point of access to public sector information and services.

There is plenty of information regarding crime and justice, employment, your rights and responsibilities, consumer rights, divorce, wills and probate, where to get help and much more.

The Parliament web site is an invaluable source of information. Spend some time familiarising yourself with the site and all it has to offer.

  • House of Commons

    Democratically elected house, makes laws and checks the work of Government

  •  House of Lords

    A forum of expertise, making laws and providing scrutiny of Government

  • Committees 

    MPs and Lords check the work of Government, set up inquiries and scrutinise legislation

  • Hansard and daily business

    Transcripts of debates from both houses (Hansard), business and research papers

  •  Topics

    Search parliamentary information on topics from aviation to world economy

AccessToLaw is a gateway site, providing annotated links to selected UK, Commonwealth and worldwide legal web sites. Over 1400 sites are currently included.

Our policy is to include sites which will be of relevance primarily to practising lawyers in the UK. This means that while many different kinds of site are included - mainly legal, government and parliamentary sites, together with some general reference sites - there is a particular emphasis on sites which contain substantive law (legislation, case reports, treaties, etc) or related materials (reports, codes of practice, official guidance, etc), or which will help the legal practitioner to find such information.

Apart from a few subscription services, which are clearly indicated, all of the sites linked to are free.

 

The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases. It hears appeals in criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It hears cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance affecting the whole population.

 

The National Archives is a United Kingdom government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. We are a centre of expertise in every aspect of creating, storing, using and managing official information.

  • As the official government archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, we hold over 1,000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use.
  • We work with 250 government and public sector bodies, helping them to manage and use information more effectively.
  • We promote the re-use of public sector information and regulate the information-trading activities of organisations that create and collect public sector information.
  • We manage Crown and Parliamentary copyright.
  • We provide leadership, support and guidance to the wider archive sector in England and Wales.

We preserve the UK public record, and make it accessible. Our expert advice and guidance help members of the public and researchers of all kinds to study the information held in our collection, and to explore the history of our nation and their own ancestors. At the same time, we champion wider access to information generated by the public sector, so that it can be shared and re-used by citizens, community groups and businesses.

What is BAILII?

The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) provides access to the most comprehensive set of British and Irish primary legal materials that are available for free and in one place on the internet. In August 2007, BAILII included 76 databases covering 7 jurisdictions.

 

 

EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Users can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion, access the websites of each of the EU institutions and find out about the policies administered by the European Union under the powers devolved to it by the Treaties.

EUROPA is the official website of the European Union (EU).

 

EU law

The Ministry of Justice works to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public and to provide fair and simple routes to civil and family justice.

The Ministry of Justice has responsibility for different parts of the justice system – the courts, prisons, probation services and attendance centres. We work in partnership with the other government departments and agencies to reform the criminal justice system, to serve the public and support the victims of crime.

They are also responsible for making new laws, strengthening democracy, and safeguarding human rights.

 


Victims and witnesses

Victims and witnesses are at the heart of the criminal justice system and we take our duties to victims and witnesses very seriously. Being fair and being seen to be fair are the cornerstones of everything we do. We aim to be transparent in what we do and keep you informed of our decisions.

 

Consultations

We consult with the public, community groups, the voluntary sector and other agencies about the way we do our work. You can help us to be better informed, fairer and more representative by participating in our consultations.

 

The Adviceguide website is the main public information service of Citizens Advice, providing people with round-the-clock access to CAB information on their rights - including benefits, housing and employment, and on debt, consumer and legal issues.

We aim to empower people by providing them with the information they need to solve their own problems and to signpost them to appropriate advice when necessary. Adviceguide helps you to have a better understanding of your rights and entitlements, and also to take the first steps in resolving your problems.

The information in this website is for general guidance on your rights and responsibilities. If you need more details on your rights or legal advice about what action to take, please contact an advisor or solicitor.

The IPCC's job is to make sure that complaints against the police are dealt with effectively.

It sets standards for the way the police handle complaints and, when something has gone wrong, it helps the police learn lessons and improve the way it works.

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