Please note: This is course is due to be archived on
Wednesday 21st December. You can study the course up until this
date. For learners who have completed the course, the Statement of
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How do judges make law? This free course, Judges and the law, will examine how the common law system works, the differences between 'civil code' and 'common law' systems, and the advantages and disadvantages of the common law system. The role of the judiciary in the law-making process is explored by examining the origins of common law, the system of precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
understand what is meant by a common law system
demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of what is meant by the common law and how its rules are made and changed
discuss how a precedent can be altered or avoided
identify the ratio decidendi and obiter dictum of a court case
read and analyse legal materials (cases, statutes and academic commentary).