Introduction to the Law
This resource introduces you to how laws are made. Before the police become involved in enforcing the laws of the land, there is a long process which determines how we govern ourselves.
On completion PSYV's will:
To have a basic understanding of where Laws come from
To have a basic understanding of why society needs laws
To identify PSYV Group rules
Group room or classroom
4 x 30 minute blocks.
This topic can be completed a full 2 hour session.
The resources are integrated below.
Activity 1: Presentation
Start by asking people to think back to life before having laws and a police service. What happened? How did people determine what was right and wrong? What would life be like now if there were no police?
Deliver the presentation explaining the difference between common law and statutory law.
Activity 2: Videos
Watch the following video on how the law is made in Scotland:
Note that these videos refer to law making in Westminster, which still affects Scotland for reserved matters.
How a bill becomes law
How laws are made
Activity 3: Exercise
In groups take one of the image questions from the presentation and make a list of what you would do in those situations if there were no laws. How would order be maintained?
Each group should present back to the whole group.
Refer back to the PSYV code of conduct and ethics. How do these relate to the law?
Think about situations recently where laws have been changed. For example the right to marriage for LGBT couples is an example where the Scottish Youth Parliament were active in calling for equal rights. Are there laws which YV's would like to change? Ask YV's to work in groups to identify a law that they think is unfair and should change. Identify what would have to happen before the change would be made.
Once you have delivered this session, complete this review.