Right to a fair trial

Lesson rationale

One of the clauses in Magna Carta that remains a part of English Law today concerns the right to justice and a fair trial. In this activity, the first in a series on this theme, pupils explore two legal cases (one historical and one contemporary) that both contributed to the development of the right to justice and a fair trial.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What does the 1215 Magna Carta say about the right to justice and a fair trial?
  • What are the key differences between the 39th clause of Magna Carta and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights?
  • What does the right to justice and a fair trial mean in practice?