Law and change: Scottish legal heroes
Law and change: Scottish legal heroes

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Law and change: Scottish legal heroes

6 Rules of natural justice

Correct procedure (or ‘due process’) is vitally important, because there are some tried-and-tested procedural mechanisms which are likely to secure a just outcome and demonstrate the rule of law.

The ‘rules of natural justice’ are rules of procedure. What amounts to a fair process may vary depending on the circumstances. As a general rule, however, a person likely to be affected by a decision should be given adequate notice to allow them to make representations. This may mean that they have a right to an oral hearing or it may just allow them an opportunity to make written submissions. If there is available evidence then there must be an opportunity for all parties to consider and make representations. In determining whether there has been a fair hearing, the court will consider whether there has been equality of treatment.


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371