The Judicial System of England and Wales: A visitor’s guide


The Judiciary of England and Wales and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service pride themselves on their friendly and effective relations with other judiciaries around the world. Every year we welcome many judges from other countries who are keen to learn more about our legal system. What you see today has evolved over 1,000 years; the judiciary is continuing to change and develop to meet the needs of our society and is widely regarded as one of the best and most independent in the world.

To meet the needs of society, our legal system is also complex. The International Team of the Judicial Office has produced a Visitors’ Guide to bring together a wealth of information about our judiciary and legal system it also provides an introduction to the work of organisations, such as the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Prosecution Service which support the justice system.

I believe this Guide will be an invaluable resource for any foreign visitor seeking to learn more about England and Wales today, the Judiciary of England & Wales and the English and Welsh legal system, and that it will enhance the quality of your visit. Please do take the time to read it. This excellent website for the Judiciary covers many of the topics discussed in this Guide in more detail.

I am grateful to the International Team for their work on compiling this Guide.

I very much hope your visit to England and Wales is productive and enjoyable.

Lady Justice Arden DBE
Head of International Relations for the Judiciary of England and Wales