How do judges make law? This free course, Judges and the law, will examine how the common law system works, the differences between ‘civil code’ and ‘common law’ systems, and the advantages and disadvantages of the common law system. The role of the judiciary in the law-making process is explored by examining the origins of common law, the system of precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation.

How do judges make law? This free course, Judges and the law, will examine how the common law system works, the differences between ‘civil code’ and ‘common law’ systems, and the advantages and disadvantages of the common law system. The role of the judiciary in the law-making process is explored by examining the origins of common law, the system of precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand what is meant by a common law system
  • demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of what is meant by the common law and how its rules are made and changed
  • discuss how a precedent can be altered or avoided
  • identify the ratio decidendi and obiter dictum of a court case
  • read and analyse legal materials (cases, statutes and academic commentary).

Course Curriculum

Section 1 : Introduction
Getting started FREE 00:07:00
Learning outcomes FREE 00:05:00
Section 2 : Part A; Historical development of the common laws
Use of language FREE 00:10:00
Prefixes and suffixes FREE 00:07:00
Summary of part A FREE 00:05:00
Section 3 : Precedent
Introduction FREE 00:07:00
The hierachy of the court FREE 00:07:00
Structure of the court system in england and whales FREE 00:07:00
Section 4 : Common law and civil law
The differences between common law and civil law systems FREE 00:07:00
Consolidation FREE 00:10:00
Quiz 00:10:00

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