AS Law Session One:English Legal System AO1 Questions
Starter: Can you put the knowledge in the right area? Stop and Search DetentionOn your table there are a number of cards with facts,statutes, cases etc. You need to work together to putthem into one of the four areas below: Bail Judiciary Stop and Search Detention Bail Judiciary
Introduction:Have you actually learnt anything this year? You have 15 minutes to writedown anything and everything you have learnt in Law this year!... Ok, so that’s the answer to, “How much should I write inanswer to a part a question?”
Recap the set up of the exam:2 hoursAnswer four questions out of a choice of seven.At least one from each section, and then any other two.Half an hour per question120 marks/60% of the AS marks.PLAN AND READ FIRSTPart A: 18 marks, AO1Part B: 12 marks, AO2 (and AO3) Grade Boundaries: 96 A 84 B 72 C 60 D 48 E
So, what would you choose? You have 5 minutes. Read the Paper and choose which four questions you would pick... Most... Least.... Now put them in order of confidence! This should help you focus your revision... The more topics you’re confident with... The more choices you’ll have!!!
Focus One: Powers of the police to detain, interview and search.a) Describe the rights during detention at a police station of an individual suspected of a serious offence.  Typical Question! Task: What should you include? Each group has a brainstorm What do you remember? sheet. Working in your groups, complete the brainstorm for your area of the law... Then pass it on to complete the next one!
Now use your information to complete the short plan...Introduction:Main: Now... 18 Minutes to write up...Plenary:
Peer Mark It!Level What’s expected? Examiner’s Feedback: What can you learn?Four All three areas are addressed, with some Question 7 - A popular question. detail on each, and a range of relevant 15-18 a) There were a few excellent answers Most candidates examples well explained. scored very well on the detention and interview aspects of this question but were less well able on searches. Even better responses tended to confuse strip searches withThree Either all three areas are mentioned, but intimate searches and tended to suggest that same sex lack detail or examples or only two areas officers could carry out intimate searches provided only half 11-14 are explained in detail and illustrated. of clothing was removed at one time. Alternatively, candidates thought that for intimate searches a same sex medical practitioner was required. Surprisingly fewTwo Either one area is explained in detail, or responses achieved top level 4 marks in this question even three areas are mentioned, but it lacks though police powers is usually a favourite topic with 6-10 detail and supporting evidence, statutes candidates. Although many responses achieved level 3, there or cases. were inaccuracies with regard to searches and samples. Many candidates lost sight of the question and focused on police powers rather than the rights of the individual. ManyOne Very limited knowledge of any area of mistook PACE guidelines for absolute rights, such as the right the law. Some general detail, but lacks to a phone call. The weakest responses concentrated on 1-5 precision or understanding. rights to sleep and food.
Now... Let’s do it for BAIL(a) Describe how matters relating to the granting of bail to a person awaiting trial are decided. 
Improving the detail: Can you improve this?The custody officer is in Your improved response...charge of bail, which means hegets to say who is released andwhen. He can say whatconditions, like surety, thesuspect should stick to.He can also refuse to givethem bail if he thinks thatthey will run away or if theyhave run away before.Finally, if he says no, then hehas to check with theMagistrates who can also givethe defendant conditions.They can refuse bail if he is amurderer.
Organise and plan your response to the question...Introduction: Examiner’s Response: The best responses explained who could grant bail and the reasons andMain: factors that would be taken into account. They demonstrated an understanding of the presumption in favour of bail and could describe unconditional and conditional bail in some detail. The majority of candidates, however, still failed to explain what bail is and the presumption in favour of bail, which prevented Reports on the Units taken in them from gaining top level 4 marks. The weakest responses tended just to give a list of conditions without any real description of the reasons orPlenary: factors. This could not gain more than level 1-2 marks.
If we’ve got time... Judicial Appointments (a) Describe the qualifications, and selection of judges. Introduction:Main:Plenary:
Plenary:What advice would you give yourself in answering an (a) question? On your post-it, write the top fivethings you need toremember to writean effective, level four answer.