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The English Legal System

The English Legal System (7th edn)

Alisdair Gillespie and Siobhan Weare
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date: 30 September 2022

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  • Alisdair A. GillespieAlisdair A. GillespieHead of Department and Professor of Law, Lancaster University
  •  and Siobhan WeareSiobhan WeareLecturer in Law, Lancaster University

Abstract

This chapter discusses the organization of the modern court structure and what each court does. The courts in England and Wales (ie excluding the Supreme Court which is a UK court) are administered by a single agency, HM Courts and Tribunal Service. The courts of original jurisdiction (ie which hear trials of first instance) are ordinarily the magistrates’ court, county court, Crown Court, and High Court although they have now been joined by the Family Court. The Crown Court and High Court have both an original and appellate jurisdiction. The High Court is divided into three divisions (Queen’s Bench Division, Chancery Division, and Family Division) and when two or more judges sit together in the High Court it is known as a Divisional Court. The chapter also briefly describes the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Court of Protection, and Coroner’s Courts.

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