hey guys i was just wondering if you guys could help me on the following essay question i have... slightly stuck on would really appreciate it.
“Lawyers...think of the ...courts as being at the very centre of the legal system”. (Atiyah, Law and Modern Society, 2nd edition, OUP, Oxford 1995).
Do you think that the courts are ‘at the very centre of the [English] legal system’? Whether you do or not, identify and describe some of the features which you consider central to the English legal system. Explain and justify your answer.
If I were answering this question i'd consider the following:
(a) The courts hierarchy and it's effect on judicial precedent + The role of judicial precedent (judge made law).
(b) Legislation and the law making process (Acts of Parliament etc.).
(c) Alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation and conciliation).
(d) Legal careers and the role of solicitors, barristers and judges.
(e) Lay people in the legal system i.e. magistrates and jurors.
Of course you should consider your own ideas as the question suggests. But my suggestions should steer you into some direction and for you to be able to form some kind of structure.