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Going to court

Parliament has closely supervised the way in which access to justice has been provided to people and communities.

Originally courts of law thrived on tradition and complexity, but the present court system has been shaped almost entirely by legislation passed during the last 200 years.

Parliament has adapted courts to make proceedings less complex and easier to understand by all who come into contact with them.

Key dates Court

Trace the chief pieces of legislation through which Parliament has modernised courts of law


Reference material to find out much more about the history of the court system and the reforms made by Parliament


Find out about Parliament's involvement in some of the current issues concerning the justice system


Discover how Parliament has gradually unified and modernised the old court system