History GCSE: The Strange Case of the Law

A series of 12 short films in which barrister Harry Potter looks at the history of English justice.

This series looks at English justice from the early concept of compensation, through to the development of the jury to the founding of the police.

Suitable for teaching GCSE history and social studies. This topic appears in OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

Saxon Law - Compensation
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Saxon Law - Courts
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Saxon Law - Punishments
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Saxon Law - Trial by Ordeal
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Henry II, Thomas Becket and the Church Courts
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The Jury
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Star Chamber and the Rack
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The Petition of Right and Habeas Corpus
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John Lilburne and Habeas Corpus
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The Conventicle Act of 1664 and the Independence of the Jury
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The Bloody Code
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The Founding of the Police Force
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Habeas Corpus and Slavery
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