Put this story in the correct order. The first event has been given.
a they found both men guilty.
b and charged them with the robbery.
c £10,000 was stolen from a bank in the High Street. 1
d After the jury had listened to all the evidence
e The judge gave the men a prison sentence of five years.
f The trial took place two months later.
g and they finally arrested two men.
h They questioned them at the police station
i The police interviewed a number of witnesses about the crime
Answer the questions.
1. Who investigate(s) crimes? police
2. Who sentence(s) people? .
3. Who live(s) in prison? .
4. Who decide(s) if someone is innocent or guilty? .
5. Who defend(s) people and present(s) evidence? .
6. Who commit(s) crimes? .
Fill the gaps with the correct word.
1 A: Have you ever . the law?
B: No, never.
2 A: Does anyone know why she . the crime?
B: I think she needed the money.
3 A: Is it legal to ride a motorbike without a licence? B: No, it's . the law.
4 In Britain it is . to drive a car without insurance.
5 If you drive through a red light, you will have to pay a .
6 The defendant must try to . he or she is innocent.
7 The jury must decide if the defendant is innocent or .
8 Before they reach a decision, the jury must look at the . carefully.
9 If someone is guilty of murder, the . will be at least ten years in prison.
10 He has been in trouble before, but it was only a minor .
Read the text, then write your answers to the questions below, based on your knowledge of the law in your own country. If possible, discuss your answers with someone else.
Two 15-year-old boys broke into a house when the owner was out, and took money and
jewellery worth about £900. The owner reported the crime when she got home at 6pm.
1. Will the police investigate this crime?
2. How will they investigate? What will they do?
3. Do you think the police will catch the two boys?
4. If they do, what crime will they be charged with?
5. Can boys of this age go to prison?
6. What do you think the sentence would be? Do you think this is the correct sentence?
/from English Vocabulary in Use, Pre-Intermediate Intermediate, Stuart Redman/
Match each punishment with its description.
1. capital punishment
2. corporal punishment
4. a heavy fine
6. penal servitude
7. a prison sentence
9. solitary confinement
10. a suspended sentence
a) a period of time in jail
b) being made to do specially hard work while in prison
d) a punishment imposed only if you commit a further crime
e) a large sum of money to pay
f) whipping or beating
g) regular meetings with a social worker
h) removing (a person) from a house or land by law
i) limiting the freedom of movement esp. for political reasons
j) being imprisoned completely alone
/Tests in English: thematic vocabulary. Mariusz Misztal/
The words and phrases in the box are all connected to the theme of law. Put the words under one of the headings below.
crimes punishments people legal processes
weigh up the evidence
return a verdict
contempt of court