One of the skills you will need to learn during your studies and a career in the law is a willingness to keep up to date with new developments. In some areas, such as contract law, many of the rules were developed in nineteenth-century common law and so the pace of change is leisurely, but in other areas that are more accessible to politicians, such as the largely statutory workings of the English legal system, there is a great deal of tinkering. This is particularly the case for the criminal justice system, which has seen a great deal of legal change in the twenty-first century so far and is an area that politicians like to get their teeth into. This article sets out some of the recent reforms that relate to the A-level specifications.
The Juries Act 1974 is the foundation piece of legislation for trial by jury in the English legal system, but it has been heavily amended by twenty-first century Acts of Parliament. These include:
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