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Study Cards on law, silk, britain

Name 2 kinds of lawyers in Britain:
1. Solicitor
2. Barrister
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What is the abbreviation QC after a persons name?

It means Queens Counsil (his or her Majesty's Counsil learned in the law.)

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Point out some of the differences between the Scottish legal system and that of England and Wales.
  • The basis of its law is closer to Roman and Dutch law.
  • The names of officials  are different (barristers = advocates)
  • There are three (not two) possible verdicts: Guilty, not guilty or not proven, which means the accused person cannot be punished but is not completely cleared of guilt either.
  • Highest court in UK = Supreme Court, in Scotland = High Court of Justiciary
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Is there a Ministry of Justice in Britain?
Yes there is. It works to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public.
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How do you become a judge in Britain?
By achieving the rank of Queen Court, from which the judges are appointed.
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What is 'to talk silk' and 'to be called to the bar' ?
To talk silk means that a barrister has become so senior that he or she is appointed QC (Queens Counsel) It is a status conferred by crown, recognized by courts. The members wear silk gowns of a particular design, therefore the award of Queens counsel is known informally as 'talking silk'.
Being called to the bar means that a person is qualified to argue in a court of law
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What two things are supposed to emphasize the impersonal majesty of the law?
1. Archaic gowns
2. wigs
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When was the death penalty abolished in Britain?
In 1969. For murderers, there is an obligatory life sentence
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How can a judge be dismissed?
when both Houses of parliament want to dismiss him/her. This has never happened.
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Ladder of sentences: minimum to maximum penalties
  1. unconditionally discharged without punishment
  2. conditional discharge and/or suspended sentence or put on probation (regular meetings with a social worker)
  3. a fine
  4. community service
  5. imprisonment
  6. life sentence
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