What is the political role of the Judiciary?

What is the political role of the Judiciary?

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What is the political role of the Judiciary?

1. Dispensing justice: Ensuring equal treatment of citizens.

2. Interpretation of law.

3. Creating case law: Judges set precedent that must be followed. For example, judge sentences a rioter for four years, so other cases surrounding rioting of the same magnitude must give roughly the same sentence.

4. Declaring common law.

5. Judicial review: Courts review decisions in which citizens feel they have not been treated fairly by a public body. For example, the Belmarsh prisoners.

6. Public Enquiry: Called into any matter of public concern. For example, the Macpherson Enquiry 1999 concerning the murder of Steven Lawrence, the public enquiry examined the conduct of the police.

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What is the political role of the Judiciary?

7. External jurisdiction: Courts decide who has jurisdiction in unclear areas. For example, arguments about who has the most devolved power.

8. Sentencing.

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