Statute Law Explained for Novices and New Legal Professionals

For those of you who do not understand in any way what statute law is the basic definition of this type of law is that once a bill has been created it then is passed on to legislative departments who then confirm it as a written down and codified law that is administered by parliament. This may sound confusing to many of you so we have broken down the whole process of how a statute is created so you will hopefully have a much better idea of what it entails.

The first step taken to create a statute is that a bill is created and then given to the proper people to scrutinize before a final draft being created. Once this has been done the bill will then be submitted for reading in parliament and discussed, during this time members of parliament can then make recommendations regarding the bill and point out any flaws that may be included with it. The bill will then be taken back and adjusted and then giving a second reading in front of parliament which will then lead to a general debate over the bills content and structure. On approval the bill will then be passed on to the representatives of the House of Commons and House of Lords where it will be modified if needed.

Once this has been done the bill will then be sent back to parliament for the third reading which will further scrutinize the contents and structure of the bill. After this third reading the bill is then returned to the legislative department to make the final adjustments to the bill as recommended by parliament and will then be deemed ready for approval. Once all of these stages have been completed the bill will then be prepared for execution and will receive a full royal ascent which is basically a stamp of approval from our monarchy. The bill will then become law and will be enforceable by all of the government’s legal powers. Even though at this stage the bill will now be a law it can still be interpreted by judges and legal professionals to use the law in many types of cases as the legal system is continuously in a state of development. A good resource for Justice and The Law is well worth a review, in order to gain a fuller understanding of UK Law in this area.

There is also an issue assigned to statute law called statutory instruments which you can find anywhere these days even on many websites on the internet. It is known for these instruments to be very good at creating and bringing into force many different acts of parliament from a statutes commencement date. For those of you who are looking into using some type of statute law once you have found the law you need you must always ensure that it is still in force and has not been abolished or modified. This can have drastic consequences if you fail to do so as you could find yourself attempting to chase a law that has been changed or removed which could destroy a case and have it dismissed rapidly.

There are many publications which cover all aspects of statue law such as an book from Hailsbury`s Statutes who have a great collection of hard backs on this subject.

We have also found a very informative website which can help you with all aspects of statute law which we have listed for you below.

The Guardian House Of Lords resources

The UK Government Legislation resources

Written by James