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Law Courts

This is the court system in England and Wales,The system differs in Scotland.Some countries follow English system,but most have their own procedures.In many court rooms in the UK and elsewhere there is an image of justice as a woman, which dates from Roman times.

It traditionally shows her holding scales in one hand, to show that she is impartial, and a sword to represent the power of the law.Sometimes she blindfolded to show that justice cannot be influenced.

statue of justice
  • County Court
  • Civil (non-criminal) cases are heard by a judge in a County Court

  • Magistrates' Court
  • Criminal and civil cases are held before justices of the Peace or District Judges, without a jury.There are limits on the sentences and fines they can impose.Youth Courts are part of Magistrates' Courts and hear cases involving young people between 10 and 17 years of age

  • Crown Court
  • These hold trials by judge and jury for more serious criminal cases.

  • High Court
  • The High Court tries civil cases and hears appeals in criminal cases

  • Court of Appeal
  • These hear appeals against civil and criminal cases following High Court and Crown Court convictions.

  • House of Lords
  • The House of Lords is the highest court in the land and hears appeals against judgements of the courts of Appeal

  • Coroners' Courts
  • Coroners' courts investigate voilent and unnatural deaths or sudden deaths in which the cause is unknown

    Court level in United States Of America (click to open)

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Court level in India (Click to open)

  • The Death Penalty
  • The death penalty was once the most common punishment for murder and other serious crimes.It has been abolished in more than half the world's countries.

  • 133 countries have abolished the death penalty. Of these, 91 countries have abolished it for all crimes and 11 for ordinary crimes, but keep it for exceptional crimes, such as treason and war crimes

  • 62 other countries and territories officially retain the death penalty.Of these, 33 countries keep the death penalty in law, but have not carried out any executions for the past ten years or more.

  • Uzbekistan was one of the most recent countries to abolish capital punishment, on 1st January 2008.
  • No executions took place in the USA from 1968 to 1976, when capital punishment was reintroduced. From 1977 to 2007, a total of 1,099 people were executed, including 11 women. Almost one third of them, a total of 405, were executed in the state of Texas

Strange Laws

    United Kingdom

  • No cows may be driven down the roadway between 10 AM and 7 PM unless there is prior approval from the Commissioner of Police.

  • Those wishing to purchase a television must also buy a license.
  • license for buy tv

  • It is illegal for two adult men to have sex in the same house as a third person.

  • It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.

  • Any boy under the age of 10 may not see a naked manequin.

  • Australia

  • Children may not purchase cigarettes, but they may smoke them.

  • children smoking
  • In Australia, it’s illegal to name any animal you plan to eat.

  • It is illegal to walk on the right hand side of a footpath.

  • The legal age for straight sex is 16, unless the person is in the care/custody of the older person, in which case it is 18.

  • Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb.

  • China

  • To go to college you must be intelligent.

  • Persons may only bear one child or risk paying a substantial fine.

  • Others

  • In Oklahoma, you can be arrested for making ugly faces at a dog.

  • In Devon, Texas, it is against the law to make furniture while you are nude.

  • In California it is illegal for a vehicle without a driver to exceed 60 miles per hour. (that would be one clever trick)

  • In South Carolina it is legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.

  • In New York, the penalty for jumping off a building is: Death.
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  • In Connersville, Wisconsin, during sexual intercourse, it is against the law for a man to fire his gun whilst the woman in having an orgasm.

  • In New York City, it’s illegal for a restaurant to call a sandwich a “corned beef sandwich” if it’s made with white bread and mayonnaise.

  • In the state of Washington, it is illegal to have sex with a virgin under any circumstances. (Including the wedding night.)

  • In Samoa, it’s a crime to forget your own wife’s birthday.

  • In England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

  • In Texas, it’s illegal to threaten somebody with an UNLOADED gun.

  • In Portugal, it’s against the law to pee in the ocean.

  • In Illinois, giving a lighted cigar to a pet is illegal.

  • In Baltimore, Maryland, taking a lion to the cinema is illegal.

  • In Texas, if you are going to commit a crime, you legally have to give 24 hours notice to the police.

  • In Indonesia, the punishment for masturbation is death by decapitation.

  • In Florida having sexual intercourse with a porcupine is illegal

  • In Burma it is against the law to access the Internet. Anyone doing so faces prison.

  • In Thailand, it is illegal to leave your house without your underwear on.

  • In Eureka, Nevada, it is illegal for men with mustaches to kiss women.

  • In Minnesota, it is against the law to hang male and female underwear together on the same washing line.