Key Legislation

This section provides handy summaries of key Acts and Bills of recent years, equipping students with essential knowledge for their studies of the criminal justice system. The section is updated regularly as new laws are passed or come into force.

Summaries are provided of the following:

  • Criminal Justice Act 2003
  • Offender Management Act 2007
  • Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008
  • Coroners and Justice Act 2009
  • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
  • Crime and Courts Act 2013
  • Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015

Full texts of all Acts are available online at:

Full texts of Bills currently before Parliament are available online at: