By: Simon B
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Other types of courts
As well as the Criminal Courts, the Civil courts, and the tribunals, many other courts rest in the UK or in Europe and have a role to play in the UK’s judicial system:
Coroners Courts: Coroners deal with the circumstances surrounding a sudden death. They investigate deaths in prison, for example, deaths where the cause is unknown, and violent deaths, such as murder. Coroners can decide to hold an inquest into how someone died, and the coroner may even call a jury to decide on the cause of death. In Scotland, the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal play the role of the Coroners’ Court. Strangely, the Coroners’ Court also deals with buried treasure. If you find a treasure trove, the Coroner is the person who decides who it belongs to!
The Privy Council: This court handles appeals for decisions made in civil and criminal cases in courts in the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the Colonies, and some independent Commonwealth countries.
The Court of First Instance: If you’re in a dispute about a decision made by a European Union institution and the decision affects you directly, this court hears your case. It also deals with competition law.
The European Court of Justice: The Court of Justice has the final say. It makes sure European Union Law is adhered to by the member states, and it can overrule all other courts, including the House of Lords.