When Richard told his eating disorder team about our holiday he had to promise that he would have his usual blood test whilst here.
I can’t stand blood at all, so I had to wait outside of the hospital.
Hospitals can take so long to see people so I went for a walk around Hampstead. It’s a lovely place and has a large parkland called Hampstead Heath, and there’s Hampstead village. I’m a bit to common for this boutique gentrified place. Found a nice sweet shop though.
We were meeting family at the hospital, Richards cousins L and K, and once they had finished their appointment we went into London and had a look at some churches where family members had been baptised and married, going back 200 years. L is a family historian and is a treasure trove of knowledge.
On the way to the churches (on the Strand and Fleet Street) we walked past the Aldwych Courts of Justice.
Now this is where I come into my own. The legal system in the UK is a tripartite system.
- Those that make the law
- Those that uphold the law
- Those who try the law.
This translates as government, which creates legislation, the police who detect crime and bring charges against those suspected of breaking the law, and the court system tries the law, through hearings or trials.
The courts system has magistrates court, crown court, county court, high court, court of appeal and supreme court. It seems complicated but it’s just a hierarchical system. The courts of justice hold the high court and appeal court, both of which are used to either appeal a decision made by a lower court or to examine more complex aspects relating to the meaning and implementation of legislation.
What a mouth explaining the law is, but not as much as a mouthful as the pies.
Time for me to trapes behind Richard in the flower gardens, so love to you all and I’ll be back tomorrow.