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AS and A Level: Legal personnel
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is a requirement of justice'. Involuntary actions give way to the general defence of automatism, which concerns situations where the defendant did not control their actions as they were caused by an external factor. If the defence of automatism is successful, it will lead to full acquittal. This was seen in T 1990, where the courts accepted post-traumatic stress as suitable for automatism as it was caused by the external factor of rape. This shows that English law is concerned with the concept of fault to a high degree as there are defences for not only the mens rea of a crime, which will be discussed earlier, but also the actus reus.
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Should Barristers and Solicitors Fusion or remain as two separate professions? The professions of barrister and solicitor are separate and the work is different4 star(s)
On the other hand, solicitors can give legal advice to the public- so people can directly contact them, still do paper work ( such as prepare cases, appeals, write letters, contracts and wills) and meet all clients even in prison, interview and phone witnesses and clients. There are still many differences, such as the professional body for each profession, the basic qualifications, the practical training, method of training, relationship with client and liability. However, both of them have full rights to advocacy.
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Explain how judges are appointed and how the courts and legal service act 1990 along with other acts have affected the selection and training, also discuss the argument that judges are old white and mainly male who are out of touch with society.3 star(s)
The superior judge and an inferior judge. Inferior judges consist of District judges, Circuit judges and Stipendiary judges. These types of judges, are all the starting point in becoming a superior judge. An inferior judge applies for their position though newspaper advertisements. The minimum period that you must have been a solicitor or barrister is ten years. You must also fit the right qualities given out by the Lord Chancellors office. Before an inferior judge sits on a case, they must have permission to do so by the Lord Chancellor. Because the Lord Chancellor still has direct control over the inferior judges, sometimes they can easily be persuaded to swing a case a particular way in cases that is governmentally orientated.
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