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    Automatism is generally considered to be a state in which a person has no control over his or her actions.

    5 star(s)

    Summary: this is a very detailed and sophisticated essay that is written at a much higher level than expected for GCSE. Many degree level students would be pleased to be…

    • Essay length: 2237 words
    • Submitted: 10/11/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nick Price 01/05/2013
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    Magistrates - Explain the role that magistrates play in the criminal justice system

    5 star(s)

    A good answer wholly directed at the question; setting out both how magistrates are appointed and commenting on the make-up of the bench nationally.
    Rating *****…

    • Essay length: 1305 words
    • Submitted: 14/08/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nick Price 22/03/2012
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    Stages of a Bill to become an Act of Parliament

    4 star(s)

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    • Essay length: 471 words
    • Submitted: 19/05/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Edward Smith 23/07/2013
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    Describe the powers the Police have to stop and search and arrest individuals

    4 star(s)

    This is a generally accurate answer which contains accurate description and relevant statutory authority showing where the police powers come from. It could be improved by re-ordering and linking some…

    • Essay length: 1261 words
    • Submitted: 31/03/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nick Price 25/03/2012
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    Distinguish Criminal law from Civil law in the English Legal System. Outline the jurisdiction and composition of the courts of trial dealing with these two different types of cases.

    4 star(s)

    This answer addresses all three elements of the question, distinguishing civil and criminal law, the jurisdiction of both civil and criminal courts and considering appeals.
    The answer could be improved…

    • Essay length: 1692 words
    • Submitted: 12/09/2005
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nick Price 18/03/2012
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    "What are the advantages and disadvantages of electing for a Summary trial as opposed to trail by jury?"

    4 star(s)

    A good answer as many valid points made, some supported with evidence. What is impressive is that the answer often makes a point then in the same paragraph makes a…

    • Essay length: 658 words
    • Submitted: 15/08/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nick Price 18/03/2012
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    In order to decide whether or not trial by jury should or should not be abolished, we need to know what it is that we are dealing with and what viable alternative or alternatives there are to it.

    4 star(s)

    A well put together essay, particularly those aspects focused on reforms. However, the prose style is, at times, too informal.

    The issue of complexity of financial trials, and the…

    • Essay length: 3457 words
    • Submitted: 12/08/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Edward Smith 23/07/2013
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    Discuss the essential differences between Civil and Criminal Law particularly in relation to their aims and objectives.

    4 star(s)

    Summary - this is a well written piece which brings out most of the differences between the civil and criminal justice and court systems.
    Rating: ****…

    • Essay length: 968 words
    • Submitted: 11/07/2002
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nick Price 01/05/2013
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    In relation to the offence of murder discuss the suggestion that the law is in urgent need of reform

    3 star(s)

    A good essay, but the student could have also considered the mandatory life sentence (some have called for its abolition) and self-defence and the Tony Martin debate.

    3 Stars.…

    • Essay length: 1200 words
    • Submitted: 13/03/2007
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Edward Smith 23/07/2013
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    The doctrine of precedent is based on the need for certainty in the law

    3 star(s)

    Good essay addressing the key cases. The student should consider more contemporary themes in order to bring this essay up to date.

    3 Stars,…

    • Essay length: 756 words
    • Submitted: 07/12/2005
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Edward Smith 23/07/2013
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Law affects you on a daily basis although you might not realise it; from the quality of goods you are sold in shops to the relationship you have with your mobile phone provider!

GCSE Law gives you an excellent grounding and insight into the Law of the United Kingdom and involves the study of the legal system, how it has developed over time and the roles and responsibilities of those who work within it. It also includes investigating the law in action such as criminal law, contract law, consumer law and human rights.

You'll develop a wide knowledge of the law in its many forms and you'll pick up valuable skills of interpretation and analysis. Once you've built this knowledge you'll be asked to begin applying it to other contexts and situations. Assessment is examination based at the end of the course and you'll need to be able to express yourself very well in order to concisely apply what you have learnt. Marked by Teachers has over 400 Law GCSE essays which you can access and learn the successful techniques that examiners will be

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  • In relation to the offence of murder discuss the suggestion that the law is in urgent need of reform

    "In conclusion, it would seem that there is not an urgent need of reform even though there are possible faults at present with ambiguity. Also the uncertainty of intent and that there is no discrimination between these intentions do require clarification and perhaps considered as manslaughter. The law in relation to murder has worked for hundreds of years and as with all law has constantly been adapted."

  • Discuss how successful the courts have been in defining intention.

    "In conclusion, the explanation of foresight of consequences in Nedrick, where appropriate, are relevant to all offences and not just murder. The Criminal Law now states that a consequence is intended when it is the purpose of the accused. A court or jury may also infer that a consequence is intended, though it is not desired, when the consequence is a virtually certain result of the act and when the accused knows that it is a virtually certain consequence. This area of law has proved to be confusing to both juries and judges due to the uncertainty of precedent. As the law stands today it appears to have reached a decision of virtually certain but as before is not certain to remain."

  • Briefly describe the other main forms of Alternative Dispute Resolutions and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of ADR as a form of dispute resolutions.

    "My final conclusion is that I think Alternative Dispute Resolutions are a very good way of solving disputes without court action but I feel they are more successful in certain circumstances. For instance I think that family disputes are better to be solved with Alternative Dispute Resolutions. Family dispute's are better with Alternative Dispute Resolutions as then it means that the family can keep a better relationship and the whole process isn't as hostile. Individual vs Companies I would say is better to be solved in court. This is because in these cases, businesses may have prior legal connections making it unfair for the individual to get a just result."

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