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1 How law is made Historically, equity was a system of rules which grew up in parallel to the common law to fill perceived gaps where justice could not be achieved by using the common law. For example, at one time, the common law provided that a person who had been caused loss by someone else could only claim financial compensation, which was not always an adequate solution to a problem. Equity developed its own special remedies, which could be granted at the court’s discretion; for example, the injunction, which is an order to do something or not do something, and is used where compensation would not solve the problem.
Where this happens, it is expected that Parliament will amend the domestic legislation to conform with the EU law. qxd 8 4/1/09 11:32 Page 8 SOURCES OF LAW The UK courts can decide questions involving EU law, but there is also a specialist court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which oversees the development of EU law. A UK court faced with a question on EU law can refer it to the ECJ, which will tell the court what the EU law on the matter is; the UK court then decides the case. The idea behind this procedure is that the central overview the ECJ can give helps make sure EU law is interpreted in the same way throughout the different member states of the EU.
8 Describe the roles of the Lord Chancellor, Attorney-General and Director of Public Prosecutions. uk/practicaljournalism to access discussion questions on topical issues and debates to test yourself on this chapter. The legal system 4 What is the difference between the terms ‘counsel’ and ‘lawyer’? qxd 4/1/09 11:34 Chapter 3 Page 18 Criminal courts and procedure A society without crime might be a very pleasant place to live, but it would throw thousands of journalists out of work at a stroke.