#LA-04-12 The Modern Judiciary: Who They Are, What They Do and Why it Matters
About CourseKing's College London
Who are judges, what do they do, and why does it matter?
From criminal trials to Brexit, judges in courts and tribunals across the country make decisions that affect our daily lives everyday, but their role isn’t always understood.
On this course, you’ll be introduced to the role of judges in the legal system of England and Wales through an array of articles, cases and interviews with judges.
You’ll explore how judgement works and engage with the work of the judiciary through the study of a recent decision of your chosen court. You’ll also consider how judges are portrayed in the media and learn how working practices have evolved over time.
Who will you learn with?
I am an academic at The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. I teach private law subjects and I write about how judges make decisions.
Who developed the course?
King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.
What Will I Learn?
- Describe the role of the judiciary in the legal system of England & Wales, and the United Kingdom.
- Explain how judges reason when deciding cases, both in trials and hearings, and on appeal.
- Explain the working practices of the judiciary have evolved over time.
- Summarise a recent decision of your chosen court.
- Evaluate a recent decision of your chosen court.
- Evaluate the effect of reforms in respect of diversity of the judiciary.
- Evaluate the portrayals of the judiciary in the media (both news reports and in fiction).
Topics for this course
Introduction and Engagement
WELCOME TO THE COURSE VIDEO (05:48)00:05:48
MEET THE EDUCATOR VIDEO (01:16)00:01:16
MODULE INTRODUCTION (COVID-19 UPDATE) VIDEO (05:00)00:05:00
INTRODUCE YOURSELVES AND DISCUSSION GUIDELINES DISCUSSION
WHAT TERMS WOULD YOU LIKE TO UNDERSTAND? DISCUSSION
JUDICIAL QUESTION TIME FOR SCHOOLS VIDEO (06:35)00:06:35
HEARING FROM JUDGES: WHAT FIRST SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN THE LAW? VIDEO (04:28)00:04:28
WHAT INTERESTS YOU ABOUT THE LAW AND THIS COURSE? DISCUSSION
LEGAL SYSTEM – INTRODUCTION VIDEO (04:21)00:04:21
Understanding the Legal System of England and Wales
WHAT ARE YOUR PERCEPTIONS OF THE JUDICIARY? DISCUSSION
THE COMMON LAW ARTICLE
Draft LessonJUDGES IN THE SUPREME COURT ARTICLE
THE UK SUPREME COURT – IS THERE ANYTHING LEFT TO THINK ABOUT? ARTICLE
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE SUPREME COURT? DISCUSSION
JUDGING IN THE COURT OF APPEAL – LADY JUSTICE HALLETT VIDEO (04:27)00:04:27
JUDGING AT FIRST INSTANCE ARTICLE
Draft LessonVIRTUAL COURT OR TRIBUNAL VISIT AND DISCUSSION: DISCUSSION
INFOGRAPHIC ON DIFFERENT JURISDICTIONS IN THE UK ARTICLE
HHJ ELERI REES ON THE POSITION IN WALES VIDEO (01:53)00:01:53
CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS ARTICLE
I have to say that in this course I learned to think about how judges are portrayed in the media and how work practices evolve. That's great.
This course selects a recent court decision to study with us, and from the course we can explore together how trials are conducted and how they deal with the administration of justice. It's really interesting.
This course introduces us to the role of judges in the English and Welsh legal system through a series of articles, cases and interviews with judges. Good way to explain it.
From criminal trials to Brexit, judges in courts and tribunals across the country make decisions that affect our daily lives, but their roles are always hard to understand. Through this course, we can have a deeper understanding of the importance of courts and judges.
We watch TV all the time about the role of judges, but few of us meet judges in our lives. What do they do, and why does it matter? This course is explained in great detail,