Correct me if Wikipedia's wrong, but England and Wales are the same jurisdiction?



Tom Bolam, Senior Associate (as of 1-29-2018), Fladgate (Solicitors' firm):

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (to give it its full name) has three separate and distinct legal systems: (i) Scotland; (ii) England and Wales; and (iii) Northern Ireland.

Neil Guthrie DPhil English (Oxon), LLB (Toronto). Guthrie’s Guide to Better Legal Writing (2017). p. 95.

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    It seems to me the best thing would be to synonymize 'england' to be part of 'england-and wales'; this would need more votes. Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 18:09
  • Somebody needs to propose the synonym first...
    – user4657
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 20:12

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Good catch: I just merged and made a synonym for .


Actually, this may not be a good catch. There is law which is different between England and Wales (although most criminal law is indeed "England & Wales").

There are currently 34 Acts of the National Assembly for Wales which apply only to Wales. There are more than 200 pieces of legislation which apply exclusively to England, most of which admittedly are Measures for the Church of England.

There should really be three tags, England & Wales, England, and Wales.

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    <Facepalm> ... :(
    – feetwet Mod
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 23:00
  • Or maybe one tag: England and/or Wales. Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 7:28
  • Tags should disambiguate: they should not add unclarity. Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 7:39

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