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 Tuesday 20th April 2021

LC- To understand the rule of law.


Please ensure that you have completed all the work from last week before you start today. You may want to quickly go back and remind yourself.



The rule of law is the framework that underpins open, fair and peaceful societies, where citizens and businesses can prosper. It is essentially about ensuring that: public authority is bound by and accountable before pre-existing, clear, and known laws. citizens are treated equally before the law.

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is one of the largest government departments, with around 95,000 people (including probation services) and a budget of £9.2 billion.

Every year around nine million people use our services in 900 locations across the United Kingdom, including 650 courts and tribunals and 139 prisons in England and Wales.

Our work spans criminal, civil and family justice, democracy, rights and the constitution.

The Ministry of Justice works to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public. We also provide fair and simple routes to civil and family justice.

The Ministry of Justice has responsibility for different parts of the justice system – the courts, prisons, probation services and attendance centers. We work in partnership with the other government departments and agencies to reform the criminal justice system, to serve the public and support the victims of crime.

We are also responsible for making new laws, strengthening democracy, modernising the constitution and safeguarding human rights.