Personnel of the English Legal System

Mark Thomas and Claire McGourlay

in English Legal System Concentrate

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Published in print August 2017 | ISBN: 9780199654239
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191764165 | DOI:

Series: Concentrate

Personnel of the English Legal System

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Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. This chapter looks at the multitude of different professionals, both legal and lay, in the English legal system (ELS). Legal professionals, often referred to as ‘lawyers’, includes such individuals as solicitors, barristers, legal executives, and paralegals. Barristers and solicitors were traditionally two very distinct roles in the ELS. Nowadays, a fusion of roles has occurred, meaning that the two professions are not as different as they formerly were. Meanwhile, judiciary refers to the various judicial ‘offices’ and ‘office holders’. Law officers are the individuals responsible for the operation of the ELS and includes such persons as the Attorney General and the Solicitor General. Court staff are the individuals involved in the day-to-day running of the ELS and include such persons as clerks, ushers, legal advisers, and many other persons. Lastly, laypersons refer to a special class of individuals — namely magistrates and juries responsible for trying cases in the Crown Court and magistrates' court respectively.

Keywords: legal professionals; lawyers; judiciary; law officers; court staff; laypersons; magistrates; juries; barristers; solicitors

Chapter.  14615 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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