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The English legal system

The English legal system

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Edition Details

  • Creators or Attribution (Responsibility): Gary Slapper, David Kelly
  • Biografical Information: Gary Slapper is Professor of Law, and Director of the Centre for Law, at The Open University, and writes a legal column for The Times. David Kelly is Principal Lecturer in Law, and Director of the Centre for Critical Legal Studies, at Staffordshire University.
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: London ; Portland, Or. : Cavendish, 2004
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.org.uk/the-english-legal-system-186/ (Stable identifier)

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Xliv, 725 pages ; 24 cm

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, The English legal system is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: Gary Slapper, David Kelly.
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 130 editions
  • First edition Date: 1993
  • Last edition Date: 2015
  • Languages: British English
  • Library of Congress Code: KD661
  • Dewey Code: 349.42
  • ISBN: 1859419453 9781859419458
  • OCLC: 56388131

Publisher Description:

A good comprehension of the English legal system requires knowledge and skill in a number of disciplines. The system itself is the result of developments in law, economy, politics, sociological change and the theories which feed all these bodies of knowledge.
This book assists students of the English legal system in the achievement of a good understanding of the law, its institutions and processes and sets the law and system in a social context, presenting a range of critical VIews.
Being proficient in this subject also means being familiar with contemporary changes and proposed changes, and this new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated to take these into account.
Since the last edition of this book in 2003, the changes to The English Legal system have been major and manifold. This new 7th edition includes all the significant changes introduced to the civil and criminal courts by the Courts Act 2003. The book also incorporates the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and its scores of key changes including those to trials, the appeal system, the double jeopardy rule, PACE powers, cautions, juries, bail, and the magistrates' court system. Additionally, the new edition includes the constitutional changes consequent upon the creation of the Department for Constitutional Affairs, and the plans for a Supreme Court.
In other areas, new rules relating to solicitors, costs and publicly-funded law are included as are the case of Dr David Kelly and the law and politics of judicial inquiries. The plans for a European constitution are also digested. Many new cases are incorporated including the House of Lords' decision in Wilson v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and its implications for statutory interpretation and the Human Rights Act.

Main Contents

Law and Legal Study; Sources of Law; The Civil Court Structure; The Criminal Court Structure; Judicial Reasoning; The Judiciary; The Civil Process; Arbitration, Tribunal Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution; The Criminal Process: (1) The Investigation of Crime; The Criminal Process: (2) The Prosecution; Legal Services; The Funding of Legal Services; The European Context.

Summary Note

Assists students of the English legal system in the achievement of a good understanding of the law, its institutions and processes, and sets the law and system in a social context. This edition includes the significant changes introduced to the civil and criminal courts by the Courts Act 2003.

Table of Contents

Law and Legal Study
Sources of Law
The Civil Court Structure
The Criminal Court Structure
Judicial Reasoning
The Judiciary
The Civil Process
Arbitration, Tribunal Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Criminal Process: (1) The Investigation of Crime
The Criminal Process: (2) The Prosecution
Legal Services
The Funding of Legal Services
The European Context.

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