Understanding the law

Understanding the law

Understanding the law

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Geoffrey Rivlin
  • Biografical Information: Geoffrey Rivlin is a senior circuit judge, who was for many years a barrister and QC. He is a master of the Bench of the Middle Temple. He has devoted much of his time to assisting with the training of young advocates and newly-appointed judges, and is responsible for promoting the Judges and
    Schools programme of court VIsits which will support the citizenship curriculum.
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2006
  • Publication Type (Medium): Popular works, Ouvrages de vulgarisation
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Permalink: https://books.lawi.org.uk/understanding-the-law-3508/ (Stable identifier)

Short Description

XVI, 362 pages : ILlustrations ; 23 cm

Purpose and Intended Audience

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

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: Geoffrey Rivlin.
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Copyright Date: 2006
  • Location: Oxford – New York
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 22 editions
  • First edition Date: 2004
  • Last edition Date: 2012
  • Languages: British English
  • Library of Congress Code: KD662
  • Dewey Code: 349.41
  • ISBN: 0199284687 9780199284689
  • OCLC: 62532480

Publisher Description:

Understanding the Law is an engaging and accessible introduction to the law. Geoffrey Rivlin provides a wealth of fascinating detail about the legal system and the many people who participate in it, from judges to MPs and police officers. An updated selection of real-life cases help bring the
book to life, and there are questions to accompany each chapter to encourage the reader to engage with the material. This

Main Contents

Introduction : the royal courts of justice
The law and its importance
The invisible palace : part 1, ‘judge-made’ law : common law and equity
The invisible palace : part 2, the Constitution
The Palace of Westminster : our chief law makers : parliament
Our chief law enforcers : the police
Our law upholders : the judiciary
The legal profession
The work of the courts : part 1, the courts
The work of the courts : part 2, criminal and civil cases
Legal robes
Criminal trials through the ages
Punishments through the ages
Criminal trials today
Punishments today
Human rights
Discrimination and the law
Young persons
Dangerous drugs
Laws around the world
Some interesting cases.

Summary Note

Offering an introduction to the law, this book provides information about the legal system, and the many people who participate in it. It describes how laws are made and how cases are tried, and the principles involved in the administration of justice, the development of the common law, the constitution, legal professions, and courts.

Table of Contents

Detailed Contents
Preface XIII
Preface to the First Edition XV
Acknowledgements XVII
Introduction—the Royal Courts of Justice
The Law and its Importance
What is law?
How important is the law?
The Invisible Palace—Part 1 `Judge-Made’ Law—Common Law and Equity
The common law
The Invisible Palace—Part 2 The Constitution
The legislature
The executive
The judiciary
The sovereignmonarchCrown
Human rights
The Palace of Westminster. Our Chief Law Makers—Parliament
Parliament, and how it makes laws
The House of Commons
The House of Lords
Making a new law (Legislating)
Our Chief Law Enforcers—the Police
The police
The modern force
Police interviews
Our Law Upholders—the Judiciary
The Legal Profession
The family or `High Street’ solicitor
Solicitors as advocates
Solicitors and barristers
Legal executives
The Law Society
Inns of Court
Queen's Counsel
Attorney-General and Solicitor-General
The Work of the Courts—Part 1 The Courts
1 The House of Lords
2 The Court of Appeal
3 The High Court of Justice
4 The Crown Court
5 The County Court
6 Magistrates&#x0027
7 Tribunals
8 Coroner's Court
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Binding precedent—`stare decisis’
The Work of the Courts—Part 2 Criminal and Civil Cases
Criminal cases
Indictable and summary offences
`Either-way’ offences
The `reasonable man’—crime
Young persons
Enforcing orders in criminal cases
Civil cases
The Queen's Bench Division
The Chancery Division
The Family Division
The `reasonable man’—civil cases
Young persons
Enforcing court orders in civil cases
Part-time judges
Full-time judges
The Senior Judiciary
Deciding facts
Judicial assistants
`Judges and Schools’
Training for judges
Legal Robes
Robes and gowns
Criminal Trials through the Ages
Very early times (before juries)
The jury system
Punishments Through the Ages
Capital punishment
Corporal punishment
Criminal Trials Today
The stages of a criminal trial
Comparing criminal and civil trials
Televising trials
Punishments Today
Purposes of sentencing
Types of punishment
The death penalty
Custodial sentences
Forms of custodial sentence
Community sentences orders
Parenting order
Fines and compensation
Conditional discharge and absolute discharge
Other penalties
Reparation orders
Mentally disordered offenders
Human Rights
The Human Rights Act 1998
Convention rights
The Convention articles
Discrimination and the Law
Upholding the law
Racially motivated crime
Conduct of case in court
Young Persons
Young persons accused of crime
Young persons as VIctims of crime
Children and the family
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Dangerous Drugs
Classification of dangerous drugs
Medical effects of dangerous drugs
Legal consequences of involvement with dangerous drugs
Sentencing in drugs cases
Drug treatment and testing orders
Protection of animals
Protection of people from animals
Laws Around the World
Community law
International law
The laws of nations
Some Interesting Cases
Questions for the Reader 341
Some Useful Reading 347
Index ???

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