Understanding the UK court hierarchy


There are many different types of courts in the UK system. If you want to make a claim at court, it can be difficult to know which court to make your application to.

The UK court system has been carefully divided into courts of different specialisation and seniority. Cases are allocated between different courts based on several different factors such as the subject matter or type of claim, the value of the claim, and the legal questions to be decided by the case.

In this section we explain the basics of the UK court system, including:

  • The nature of the judicial system in the UK
  • The court hierarchy in the UK
  • The appeals hierarchy
  • The principles underlying the court system, including the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary
  • The judiciary
  • The use of juries

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