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Advantages of Law Making Process

Scrutiny

-very thorough

-three readings and two stages for debate

-ensuring mistakes and poor drafting can be corrected

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Advantages of Law Making Process

Flexible

-either house can introduce bills

-useful when government has not given thought to a particular matter or does not want to introduce controversial legislation

-example: Abortion Act 1967

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Advantages of Law Making Process

Government Control

-they have considerable control

-they choose the timetable for what legislation is looked at

-they often win as they have the biggest proportion

 

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Advantages of Law Making Process - HOC

Closer to Public

-they know what the public want

-are therefore in a better place to make decisions

 

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Advantages of Law Making Process - HOC

Democratic

-they are elected by the electorates

-as a result are closer to public

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Advantages of Law Making Process - HOL

Experienced

-due to their backgrounds

-have more knowledge

-have more expertise

 

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Advantages of Law Making Process - HOL

Work as a Filter

-ensuring inappropriate laws are not passed

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Advantages of Law Making Process - HOL

Not Restrained in Debates

-by the policy of a political party

-they can freely debate without worry

-they can debate and scrutinise bills better

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Disadvantages of Law Making Process

Slow

-may take months

-not appropriate when important laws need to be made quickly

-royal assent has becom a formality

-arguably pointless

-makes the process longer

-example: has not b rejected since 1707 by Queen Anne

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Disadvantages of Law Making Process

Outdated

-written by parliamentary draftsmen

-they write it for lawyers

-draftsmen use ambigous, unclear, obscure and over elaborate words

-judiciary have to interpret what it means

-example: Christmas Trading Act 2004 had confusing language

 

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Disadvantages of Law Making Process

Not thorough enough

-there are sometimes errors

-errors with language

-example: Dangerous Dogs Act 1997

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Disadvantages of Law Making Process - HOC

Kneejerk Reactions

-this is caused from public pressure

-even though they are sometimes wrong and mistakes

-they still have the power to push bills through the HOL

 

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Disadvantages of Law Making Process - HOC

High Volume of Work

-this prevents proper detailed examinations of legislation

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Disadvantages of Law Making Process - HOL

Undemocratic

-use to be a hereditary role - aswell as elected

-this has now been eradicated

-there still remains 92 hereditary peers in the HOL

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Disadvantages of Law Making Process - HOL

Lack of Power

-the HOC can push legislation through them

-example: Hunting Act 2004

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Disadvantages of Law Making Process - HOL

Seen as Aged and Prejudice

-due to their experiences

-their work can be a disadvantage to them

-because of this they are said to be out of touch with society

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