4.4 Legal sources of law in the UK

The United Kingdom’s legal system is made up of 4 different sources of law. The first being common law, this is law made from the courts by judges and has evolved over many years. Another source of law is legislation. Legislation is made by parliament and changes quite often as acts can be amended or in fact revoked. Two further sources of law in the UK are the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Union law.

Why explain this? This has been included in this training as whilst on patrol you may have an offender who says ‘it is an act and not a law’ well they are partially correct as it is an act however, it is a law. Legislation supersedes common law in the United Kingdom.