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Judge Seminar (Public Course) 2: The UK Legal System – Court Organisation

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  • Course description
    By the conclusion of the specified learning and development activities, delegates will be able to:  Outline the English court system or the court hierarchy;  Determine the jurisdiction of each court;  Identify the role of the Judicial Committee of Privy Council;  Know the role of the judges;  Outline the judicial hierarchy;  Explain the rules governing appointment to the judiciary;  Ascertain the importance of wearing wigs and gowns for the judges;  Know how judges are trained for their job;  Determine how judges are paid;  Be aware of the rules governing promotion in the judiciary;  Identify the causes for termination of appointments;  Explain the concept of independence of the judiciary system;  Describe some reforms introduced in the judiciary;  Describe the roles and functions of solicitors and barristers;  Know the qualifications of solicitors and barristers;  Analyse the performance of the legal profession;  Find out what lies ahead of the legal profession;  Describe the fusion of the legal profession;  Name the other legal personnel other than the solicitors and barristers and identify their roles;  Ascertain why legal professionals are needed;  Relate the history of jury;  Specify the functions of jury;  Identify the circumstances when juries are used;  Enumerate the qualifications for jury service;  State the process for summoning the jury;  Explain jury vetting;  Identify the challenges involved in acting as a jury;  Determine the circumstances under which the jury can be discharged;  Know the role of the secrecy of the jury;  Analyse the jury’s verdict;  Name the strengths of the jury system;  Identify some reforms of the jury;  Be familiar with the nature of the magistrates’ courts;  Cite the role of the magistrates;  Discuss about The Ministry of Justice and the Home Office, the Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers’ Department;  Enumerate the needs for legal services;  Know what are the state-funded legal services;  Be familiar with the Access to Justice Act;  Suggests some reforms for the jury system;  Ascertain the importance of lawyers;  Learn more about miscarriages of justice;  Analyse the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998  Outline the Organisation of the Police  Identify the police powers;  Evaluate the adversarial process;  Apply the criminal procedure rules;  Explain the Crown prosecution service  Determine matters which necessitates appearance in court;  Classify of offences;  Name the different modes of trial;  Analyse the procedures before subjecting somebody and something into trial;  Be knowledgeable about plea and case management hearings;  Apply the rules governing disclosure;  Explain the rationale behind plea bargaining;  Outline the process involve during the trial;  Identify the modes of criminal justice systems;  Know the important provisions of The Criminal Justice Act 2003;  Determine the purposes of sentencing;  Ascertain how sentencing is conducted in practice;  Enumerate the types of sentence.  Know the criminal liability of young offenders;  Establish how young offenders should be treated by the police;  Find out what will happen when a court decided to remand the case;  Identify the factors which are taken into consideration in fixing the amount of bail;  Distinguish reprimands and warnings;  Learn how trial sentencing is done;  Relate the history of the civil justice system;  Know how the civil courts are organised;  Compare the justice system before and after April 1999;  Estate the history of tribunal;  Recommend some effective reform in the tribunals;  Describe the tribunals today;  Enumerate the advantages and disadvantages of tribunals;  Know the procedures in appealing cases;  Learn when and how judicial review is undertaken;  Name some problems with court hearings;  Identify some alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms;  Give examples of ADR;  Cite some advantages of ADR;  Find out the common problems with ADR.

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