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3. The court system of England & Wales  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter outlines the courts and tribunals system of England & Wales, first explaining key themes and concepts that are essential for understanding the structure and mechanics of English courts and tribunals. It then discusses the criminal courts and civil courts of England and Wales; it then focusses on other courts and forums that have significance in the English legal system, but which are not part of the English court system. The most significant of these are the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice, and alternatives to litigation (alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, Ombudsmen, and negotiation).

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3. The court system of England & Wales  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter outlines the court system of England & Wales, first explaining key themes and concepts that are essential for understanding the structure and mechanics of the English courts. It then discusses the criminal courts and civil courts of England and Wales; other courts and forums that have significance in the English legal system, such as the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice, but are not part of the English court system; and alternatives to litigation (alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, Ombudsmen, and negotiation).

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13. Advocacy and mooting  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter focuses on advocacy skills required during academia and in practice. The section on academia considers persuasive oral communication and confidence. It provides guidance on how to succeed both in mooting and in criminal advocacy competitions. It examines how to undertake effective case analysis using the IRAC model, and how to prepare skeleton arguments and case bundles. Examples of skeleton arguments are provided. The section on professional advocacy considers professional roles, rights of audience, areas of practice and activities. It covers practicalities such as etiquette, dress, conduct and ethics. The progress made towards a move to digital courts is also explored.