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Scottish courts and the law
Scottish courts and the law

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3.1 Plans for change

Plans for change continue. Listen to the following audio discussion in which lawyers discuss change, justice and the future of the legal system in Scotland.

This quotation from the Canadian Superior Judges association provides a helpful summary of the role of laws in society.

Laws reflect the values of our society. They impose limits on the conduct of individuals in order to promote the greater good and to make our communities safe places to live. It is against the law to steal, to injure another person, to drive recklessly or to pollute the environment, to name just a few of the countless ways the law is designed to protect us. We are said to be ruled by law, not by those who enforce the law or wield government power. No one is above the law. Everyone, no matter how wealthy or how powerful they are, must obey the law or face the consequences.

(Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association, n.d)

Before you attempt Activity 2 you should now listen to Elish Angiolini as she reflects on the traditions and future of law.

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Activity 2 Reflection

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

In Activity 1 of Week 1 you were asked to take a few moments to think about what you have heard or seen about courts and court proceedings and to make a note your thoughts in response to a series of questions. Look back at your answer to that activity and reflect on whether you would now change those answers. What have you learnt as you progressed through this course?

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There is no right answer to this question. Its purpose is to encourage you to reflect on the knowledge you have gained from this course. The role of courts, judges and individuals within our legal system is a crucial one. Processes and procedures change but the need for some form of adjudication provided by the state remains. The saying ‘Justice needs to be done and be seen to be done’ remains as important now as it was in previous centuries. The legal system in Scotland (the justice system) plays a role in shaping society, responding to society’s needs and helps create an inclusive fair and just society.