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Where do our laws come from?
The law covers everything from robbery to who owns washed-up whales (it's the Queen). But where does it all come from? Lawmaking in England is broken...

Understanding the criminal process
Once a person is charged with a crime they enter a maze of courts and appeals. Untangle the criminal process with this guide. Charging After the police...

Types of offence
How a criminal offence is tried depends on what kind of offence it is. Find out more about summary, indictable and either-way offences. Summary offences...

Civil laws and county courts explained
I was found against in small claims court based on probability as no conclusive evidence could be produced. Surly this goes against the 'INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY' seeing as guilt could not be proven!! MrC 18-6-12

Magistrates' courts explained
What is a magistrates' court? And what kinds of cases are handled there? Read on to find out. Nearly all criminal cases start in magistrates’ courts....

Who can be a magistrate?
Most people imagine courts are run by an experienced, legally-trained judge in wig and robes. But many cases across the country are heard by community...

Crown courts explained
What is a crown court? And what type of cases are handled there? Read on to find out. Virtually all criminal cases start in the  magistrates court ....

High Court explained
What is the High Court? And what kind of cases are handled there? Read on to find out. Despite its name, the High Court is the third-highest court in...

Court of Appeal explained
It might sound self-explanatory, but the law is never as simple as it looks. So what does the Court of Appeal do, and how does it work? The Court of Appeal...

European Court of Human Rights explained
What is the European Court of Human Rights? And what does it do? Read on to find out. What is the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)? The ECHR is based...

What is the Supreme Court?
It’s the highest court in Britain and the only one that hears cases from all over the UK. So what is the Supreme Court? What does it do? The Supreme...

The International Criminal Court
When the crimes you are trying are international, how do you ensure that everything is fair? Find out more about International Crime Courts, and the criminals...

Special tribunals explained
When the crimes you are trying are international, how do you ensure that everything is fair? Find out more about special tribunals, and the criminals...

Declaration of human rights
We all have the right to equal treatment under the law, but how were humans granted this right? Saving us from the past Following the horrors of World...

What is extraordinary rendition?
What is extraordinary rendition? Why does it happen and why is it so controversial? Read on to find out more. What is extraordinary rendition? Extraordinary...

Human rights charity Reprieve
If you're interested in pursuing a career defending the human rights of prisoners and detainees, then check out the work of Reprieve. Reprieve is a legal...

What is the Equality and Human Rights Commission?
Find out how the Equality and Human Rights Commission works to promote equality in the UK. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible...

Police powers explained
What powers do the police have to help them enforce the law - and how are they restricted? Find out here. Police powers have to be carefully balanced...

Construction law explained
London's Gherkin tower cost around £140 million to build. With that much money at stake, how does the law protect builders and their clients? Solving...

Cyber law explained
The internet has transformed the world in the last 20 years. But how has the law kept up? Old laws... The internet has changed how old laws need to be...

Byelaws explained
You’re probably used to some local laws, like those against skating or drinking alcohol in certain areas. But did you know some laws can be made by...

What is negligence?
Can you be sued for throwing fireworks? What about if a burglar falls through your skylight? Find out how negligence law works here. Negligence deals...

ASBOs explained
They can cover anything from carrying a weapon to wearing a hat. But what are ASBOs, and how do they really work? Who are they for? Anti-Social Behaviour...

Freedom of expression explained
What does freedom of expression mean? How might your freedom of expression be restricted? Read on to find out. In a nutshell The Human Rights Act protects...

Is Wikileaks legal?
The website Wikileaks is notorious for releasing secret, controversial government documents. But what is the site’s legal position? Wikileaks was created...

What is sharia law?
You may have heard of the term sharia law, but do you know how it works? Read on to find out more. Sharia law is the most widely used religious law and...

Top 10 strangest laws (UK)
Nine out of the 10 laws below are genuine UK laws. They’re all quite bizarre, but can you guess which one is made up? There are many laws in the UK...

Top 10 strangest laws (USA)
9 out of the 10 laws below are genuinely held in US states. Can you guess which is the odd one out?

Top 10 strangest laws (The world)
Nine out of the 10 laws below are genuine. Can you guess which is the odd one out? The bloodhound is the only animal in the world who is allowed to give...

Top 5 legal myths
Ever heard of a legal loophole that sounded too good to be true? Chances are you've stumbled on a legal myth. Did you hear the story about… The man...

Top 5 weirdest legal cases
A teacher suing her students, animal antics and a guy who blamed his TV for letting his wife get fat. Check out the bizarre legal battles below! Pooh...

Top 7 legal films
What with all the applications, studying and exams it’s easy to forget why you wanted to study law in the first place. Take a break, pop to the video...

US legal system explained
If you've watched any American cop dramas, you'll know that the legal system in the US is very different to the UK. Read on to find out more about who...

Old words, new meanings
You probably think you know what "treat", "offer" and "consideration" mean - but in the world of law, words can be more complicated than they look...

Legal systems: common law and civil law
Different countries have very different laws, but where do they come from? Different countries have different systems in place for making and updating...

Health and safety law: Myths and facts
Health and safety law is a popular target for jokes, but how does it really work? You’ve probably heard a few stories about silly health and safety...

What is contempt of court?
You rarely get through a courtroom drama without someone being warned about contempt of court - but how does it work in the real world? Contempt of court...

How realistic are legal dramas?
Legal dramas inspire lots of people to take and interest in law - but how close are they to the real legal world?