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Scottish courts and the law
Scottish courts and the law

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Introduction and guidance

Welcome to this badged open course, Scottish courts and the law.

The course lasts eight weeks, with approximately three hours of study each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week there is no problem with pushing on to complete another week’s study.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • understand the structure and jurisdiction of the Scottish court system
  • understand the relationship between different types of court in Scotland
  • understand the role of personnel within the court system
  • understand why methods of adjudication such as courts exist.

After completing Scottish courts and the law, you may like to enrol on these free OpenLearn courses:

The Scottish Parliament and law making [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

Legal skills and debates in Scotland

Law and change: Scottish legal heroes

And if you would like to take your study in this subject area further, sign up to the Open University course Law making in Scotland.

Moving around the course

In the ‘Summary’ at the end of each week, you can find a link to the next week. If at any time you want to return to the start of the course, click on ‘Course content’. From here you can navigate to any part of the course. Alternatively, use the week links at the top of every page of the course.

It’s also good practice, if you access a link from within a course page (including links to the quizzes), to open it in a new window or tab. That way you can easily return to where you’ve come from without having to use the back button on your browser.