Different legal systems within the UK
By Roland Romata
Given the United Kingdom’s history, there are several jurisdictions applicable in different parts of the country. Despite sharing a geographical and monetary union, the modern legal system is divided between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
This often surprises clients, it is important to stress that the regions are not only divided by name but also by applicable laws.
England and Scotland
Most of the time, it can be rather difficult and confusing for someone in England to deal with a legal matter in Scotland. Take motoring offences, for example.This seems to be an in increasingly common problem. I am receiving more and more calls from clients who are living in England but facing a criminal prosecution in Scotland. Given the separate jurisdictions, it can be a bit trickier to conveniently solve the matter than it is when the defendant resides in the same jurisdiction as where the offence was committed.
I recently helped a client who was facing prosecution for speeding in Scotland. After talking to him, I managed find a specialist solicitor who was prepared to deal with the matter without him having to travel to Scotland on a regular basis. Fortunately, the lawyer was able to minimise his penalty and he was fortunate enough to keep his driving licence.
The different divisions of the UK have their own customs as well as laws. If you are moving between them, or conducting affairs which involve more than one jurisdiction, then it is important that you stay informed about any potential legal consequences.
Roland Romata is one of Contact Law’s most knowledgeable case handlers with extensive experience in this matter from dealing with clients on a day-to-day basis.
- Last Updated on 10/10/2012