AS Level Law
2013-14
Miss Hart
www.queensburylaw.wordpress.com
Expectations & Rules
Miss Hart’s Top 5 Rules
1. Attend all lessons, in correct
attire.
2. Be equipped.
3. Complete all wor...
Quick Basics...
100% Exam
2 Units
2 Papers
2 Days
The AS is worth 50% of the overall
A level grade.
What skills will you n...
Overview of the Course:
English Legal System
We will follow the whole system
through... from the police to the
conviction,...
Independent Study
This is not optional.. .
You will be given one task per week
They will be set, by email, on the Friday...
Any questions?
Introduction to the Law:
Can you solve the riddle?
Which crime is not a crime
if you do it, but is a crime
if you assist i...
What does the law say?
This is an Act of Parliament.
1. What is the maximum
sentence for this offence?
2. What is the purp...
Applying the Law:
When might you be liable?
Task:
Look at the scenarios on your table.
All of you should be able to decide...
That’s one approach
So, should we change the law?
Lord Falconer’s
Private Member’s Bill
Can you find your way through
the ...
Starter:
How much detail can you answer in?
If I help someone
to die, I am always
liable for an
offence. Is this true?
Wh...
Intro:
Why do we look to the courts?
Either for clarification of what the
statue says...
Or establishing or refining a com...
So what have the courts got to say?
Working with your Summer Homework
Cases:
 Re A (conjoined twins) [2001] 2 WLR 480.
 ...
Got it?
Can you answer the following questions to check your understanding?
1. Tony Nicklinson was asking for the
extensio...
A couple more decisions of interest...
Reading a case...
 Article 2 ECHR says that we all have the
‘Right to Life’
 Do w...
A limitation on the law?
Analysing a case...
Read the case report from the bbc and
answer the questions in as much detail ...
The Most Recent Decision...
R (Nicklinson and another) v Ministry of Justice 2013
In July this year, the
Court of Appeal
h...
Plenary:
Summarise the law so far!
Possible offences for those
assisting V to die:
Possible defences for those
assisting V...
Homework:
“With reference to the decisions of the Courts and Parliament,
discuss whether the government should change the ...
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  1. 1. AS Level Law 2013-14 Miss Hart www.queensburylaw.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Expectations & Rules Miss Hart’s Top 5 Rules 1. Attend all lessons, in correct attire. 2. Be equipped. 3. Complete all work (including homework and independent study work) on time and to the best of your ability. 4. Be focused and prepared for class. 5. Do not have your mobile phone out in lesson hartm@queensburyacademy.com
  3. 3. Quick Basics... 100% Exam 2 Units 2 Papers 2 Days The AS is worth 50% of the overall A level grade. What skills will you need to be a successful law student?  Can you retain a lot of information accurately?  Can you write clear, well structured essays in timed conditions?  Can you motivate yourself to meet deadlines, work independently and support your class learning?  Can you produced a detailed piece of writing with well explained or argued points, supported by clear evidence? Equipment?  For each topic you will receive a hand out, and so do not need a text book  There are copies of AS textbooks in the libraries for you to borrow.  You may find a supportive book like the My Revision Notes AS Law series helpful, or the A Level Law Review Magazine.  There will be a list of helpful websites in the AS Law guide you receive at the end of the introductory unit.
  4. 4. Overview of the Course: English Legal System We will follow the whole system through... from the police to the conviction, sentencing and appeal... And learn what it will take to be a lawyer! 1 x 2 hour exam 4 question – a mix of essay & problems WEEK A Sources of Law Basically, this will show you where we get laws from, how we make them and how we figure out what they mean We will look at both how Parliament and how the Courts, as well as the EU create law. 1 x 1 hour exam 1 complete question – a mix of essays & short problems. WEEK B
  5. 5. Independent Study This is not optional.. . You will be given one task per week They will be set, by email, on the Friday, and due in by 3.20 the following Friday.  They will also be detailed on the blog for your information. You will need to sign in in the library and complete it during one of your IS hours, leaving it in the box. You can use the resources of the libraries at either school, or the internet – there will be suggestions as to where to start on the task sheet
  6. 6. Any questions?
  7. 7. Introduction to the Law: Can you solve the riddle? Which crime is not a crime if you do it, but is a crime if you assist it? Suicide
  8. 8. What does the law say? This is an Act of Parliament. 1. What is the maximum sentence for this offence? 2. What is the purpose of the Act? 3. Who will convict you of the offence?
  9. 9. Applying the Law: When might you be liable? Task: Look at the scenarios on your table. All of you should be able to decide whether or not they would be liable for assisting the death of V and why. Most of you should be to decide whether any of those liable should instead be liable for the murder of V. Some of you may be able to support your reasoning with reference to the case(s) you looked at for homework.
  10. 10. That’s one approach So, should we change the law? Lord Falconer’s Private Member’s Bill Can you find your way through the legal language and work out what its about? This is why Acts of Parliament take so long!
  11. 11. Starter: How much detail can you answer in? If I help someone to die, I am always liable for an offence. Is this true? Why? A person who helps another to die may be charged with which offences? Name the Act which covers the offence of assisted suicide. Below are three levels of the same question... How much detail can you give in your response?
  12. 12. Intro: Why do we look to the courts? Either for clarification of what the statue says... Or establishing or refining a common law principle which Parliament has not covered yet. To know which court we should listen to, we need to know the court hierarchy... Can you complete it?
  13. 13. So what have the courts got to say? Working with your Summer Homework Cases:  Re A (conjoined twins) [2001] 2 WLR 480.  Nicklinson v Ministry of Justice (2012) EWHC 2381  Airedale N.H.S. Trust v Bland [1993] A.C. 789  Purdy v DPP (2009) UKHL 45 Each of these cases were arguing that there should be no liability for helping someone to die. What was the Court’s response? All of you need to complete the summary of your cases on the reverse of your work sheet Most of you need to use the case summary sheets to complete the overview of the four cases Some of you will be able to use the four cases to produce a summary of the court’s approach to the issue of assisted suicide.
  14. 14. Got it? Can you answer the following questions to check your understanding? 1. Tony Nicklinson was asking for the extension of which decision to his facts? 2. Why was the court ok with removing the feeding tube in Bland? 3. How was Debbie Purdy’s case different to the other three? 4. What grounds was the Re:A decision made on? 5. Which two cases took place in the Court of Appeal?
  15. 15. A couple more decisions of interest... Reading a case...  Article 2 ECHR says that we all have the ‘Right to Life’  Do we have a similar ‘right to death’ in a manner we wish?  Article 3 ECHR, says that we can not be subject to inhumane and degrading treatment.  Is leaving someone to die, such treatment? Pretty v UK 2002 Sought a declaration from the DPP that her husband would not be prosecuted if he helped her to die. The House of Lords (Supreme Court) had turned her down… …she appealed to the ECtHR  Which case is this similar to?  Can you explain the different outcomes in the two cases?  Do you think that we should have a right to die? Why? Why not?
  16. 16. A limitation on the law? Analysing a case... Read the case report from the bbc and answer the questions in as much detail as you can. This is known as original precedent which is where the court makes a decision on a brand new area of law. They do it by analogy. Re: M 2011So, we can remove a feeding tube from someone in PVS, accompany our loved ones abroad if it is their wish… What about those in a minimally conscious state? Can we remove the feeding tube? Task: Read the article in your source booklets and answer the questions in as much detail as you can (you may find it useful to answer questions 6 and 7 the other way round!). Extension: Summarise the common law relating to assisted suicide and euthanasia, using at least three cases in your response.
  17. 17. The Most Recent Decision... R (Nicklinson and another) v Ministry of Justice 2013 In July this year, the Court of Appeal handed down the most recent decision in this area. Watch the video and read one of the two reports. What did the courts decide and why? Which other cases does it link to? How does it link to those other cases? What do you think the Supreme Court will say?
  18. 18. Plenary: Summarise the law so far! Possible offences for those assisting V to die: Possible defences for those assisting V to die: Proposals for reform: Court decisions: 1. Case: Question of Law Outcome 2. Case: Question of Law Outcome 3. Case: Question of Law Outcome 4. Case: Question of Law Outcome Key Terms:
  19. 19. Homework: “With reference to the decisions of the Courts and Parliament, discuss whether the government should change the law on assisted suicide and allow mercy killings in some circumstances.” Write your response to the question above, referring to at least two cases, and one statute in your conclusions. It should be a minimum of 2 sides. Cases should be in italics  Statutes should be underlined.

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