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According to Dicey, the rule of law had three elements. First, that there should be no sanction without breach, meaning that nobody should be punished by the state unless they had broken a law. Secondly, that one law should govern everyone, including both ordinary citizens and state officials. Thirdly, that the rights of the individual were not secured by a written constitution, but by the decisions of judges in ordinary law. The real importance of the rule of law today lies in the basic idea underlying all three of Dicey’s points (but especially the first) that the state should use its power according to agreed rules, and not arbitrarily.

These are often discussions of hypothetical situations: for example, the judge might say ‘Jones did this, 1 Case law but to continue to allow the court to call on the help of other judges on a part-time basis. Members of the Supreme Court are called ‘Justices of the Supreme Court’. The Lord Chancellor was a member of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords, but does not have a right to sit in the Supreme Court. The judges no longer automatically become Lords. Qualifications for membership have remained the same as for the House of Lords.

The outcome of the earlier decision remains the same, but will not be followed. The power to overrule cases is only used sparingly because it weakens the authority and respect of the lower courts. 2 How judicial precedent works Case law When faced with a case on which there appears to be a relevant earlier decision, the judges can do any of the following: 1 24 How do judges really decide cases? Reverse If the decision of a lower court is appealed to a higher one, the higher court may change it if they feel the lower court has wrongly interpreted the law.

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