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Scottish courts and the law
Scottish courts and the law

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Week 1: Why do courts exist and what do they do?


During this week you consider what a court is and the role they perform in society. You explore perceptions of courts and think about how courts fit within the organs of the state. The rule of law is introduced and you are asked to think about its relevance to the justice system in which courts play an essential role.

By the end of this week you will be able to:

  • explain what a court is
  • describe the rule of law
  • explain some of the principles underpinning the justice system in Scotland.

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