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UK Legal System

Central Adjudication Services - An independent adjudicatory body with documents and reports giving legal guidance on the interpretation of social security and child support law.

Civil Justice Council - The Council's remit is to keep the civil justice system under review and consider how to make it more accessible, fair and efficient. The site explains the structure and function of the council and provides a link to the Criminal Procedure Act 1997.

Coroners' Courts: Increases In Financial Loss Allowances - Home office circular 56/99: increases in financial loss allowances for jurors and ordinary witnesses, in fees for professional witnesses in coroners' courts, and in fees for coroners' post-mortems.

Correctional Policy Unit - Contact information for the advisory body on prisons and probational services.

The Court Service - The Court Service is an executive agency providing admin support to a number of courts and tribunals in England and Wales. Site includes a description of the court system with a number of guides to recent changes.

Criminal Cases Review Commission - CCRC site providing information on how to apply to the Commission as well as background info on their work.

Criminal Courts' Review - Site seeking opinions from the public on the future direction of the court system.

The Criminal Justice System - Information on the workings of the criminal justice system in England and Wales.

Criminal Policy Group - Home Office advisory body on effective sentencing to reduce re-offending. - Information on legislation and statutory instruments for consumers and businesses. This is a new gateway to legal information for the citizen.

The Law Commission - Site for the Law Commission: the independent body set up by Parliament in 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform when it is needed.

Legal Aid (England and Wales) - Explains the workings of the Legal Aid system in the UK. Site includes information on what aid is available, how to apply and the qualification criteria.

Licensing Executives Society Britain & Ireland - Provides networking, educational and information facilities for those with an interest in the licensing of intellectual property rights. Transfer of technology and licensing of intellectual property rights - from technical know how and patented inventions to software, copyright and trade marks.

Lord Chancellor's Department - Site details the department's role in the efficient administration of justice in England and Wales. It contains the text of various consultation papers, speeches etc.

Parole Board   - Site includes the board's annual report and the "Release Directions".

Probation Unit - Information on the Probation Service for England & Wales.

Sentencing and Offences Unit - Provides a number of on-line publications including the Sexual Offences bill and draft guidance on children involved in prostitution.

Serious Fraud Office - The SFO is the UK body which investigates and prosecutes serious and complex fraud. Site contains a mixture of information on the work of the SFO at home and abroad along with a guide for witnesses appearing on behalf of the office.

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales - An executive non-departmental UK public body responsible for many aspects of youth justice. These include advising the Home Secretary on the operation of the justice system in delivering its aim of preventing offending by young people.

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