Law for Fun

i just wanted to wish all Law for Fun group members a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year. Thank you all for your support in 2019.

The next date for your diary is 20th Feb. 2020, same time, same place. I will be taking you through the main provisions of the Theft Act 1968 and explaining why it is impossible to rob a bank!

John Dilworth


Law for fun

Thanks to everyone who attended the Law for Fun session on 17th October. When reflecting on recent legal developments I mentioned that the WASPI women had lost their case in the High Court .  I further indicated that permission had been given for an appeal. Given the widespread interest in this topic I agreed to post the judgment which I now do.

John Dilworth

Law for Fun

Following the postponement of the September meeting the October meeting will be held on 17th October at 2pm.

I will be taking you through the evolution of the law of negligence, considering who we owe a duty of care to (and who owes a duty of care to us). Amongst other topics I will give you an overview of how damages are assessed once liability is established and how the law of negligence overlaps the criminal law.

Remember it all started with a snail in a ginger beer bottle!

John Dilworth

Law for fun -18th July

On 18th July 2019 I explained the law relating to Undercover Policing and discussed the tensions between such investigative techniques and article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Group members were invited to reflect upon the moral and ethical conundrums facing the police in their fight against crime. Those who attended on 20th June 2019 will recall that due to technical problems I couldn’t play a video clip. The link to the clip is set out below together with the remaining Reith Lectures given by Jonathan Sumption.

Law For Fun

The next meeting for this group is 20th June at Lydiate Villiage Hall. (not Parish Hall) at 2-4pm.  John has recommended the following :

These are excellent lectures and eclipses anything I could do!

The Reith Lectures – 2019: Jonathan Sumption, 1/5. Law’s Expanding Empire – @bbcradio4

The Reith Lectures – 2019: Jonathan Sumption, 2/5. In Praise of Politics – @bbcradio4

Some of the members of this group are away this month so if you would like to come to this meeting come to the Group Support desk on a Tuesday morning or text Brenda McKenzie on 07900525222

Law for Fun – no meeting in May

There will be no “Law for Fun” on 16th May as John is unavailable. In the
third session to be held on 20th June 2019 John will talk through some of
the basic components of our legal system ie sources of law, different types
of court, basic criminal liability and the rules of evidence as they apply
to confessions. John will also go through a case study involving a high
profile miscarriage of justice ( suggested by a group member) but will end
the session on a “fun” note”!
As some of the group members are away on that date we have room for some other members to attend this meeting.  If you are not part of the group and would like to attend please come to the Group Support desk or text Brenda McKenzie on 07900525222

Law for Fun 18th April 2- 4pm

After the very popular taster session for this group interested members signed up to be part of this group.  The group at present is now full.  

“In the second meeting of the “Law for Fun” group, John Dilworth will explain how the Crown Prosecution Service works. In particular John will focus on the application of the Code for Crown Prosecutors. Members of the group will be presented with some scenarios to decide whether, if they were prosecutors, they would prosecute or not”

Law For Fun

After the taster session for the above group, members were asked to either visit the Group Support Desk on 25/3 or to text me on 07900525222 to ask to join the Law for Fun group. There are just 2 places left.  If you want to join the group you will need to be quick.  Text me on the above number please.