"Looking at the web provisions have been a revelation. These together with the comprehensive material contained in the book, make this an excellent resource for students and lecturers alike."
Dr Glenys Williams, Lecturer, University of Abersywtyth
This best selling book on the English legal system, now in its eight edition, is a trusted and authoritative introduction to the legal system of England and Wales, used and appreciated by many students. The English legal system is continually evolving and this book gives the reader a lively, clear and comprehensive explanation of this dynamic subject. It offers critical analysis of the existing laws and discussion of reform options, necessary for a good appreciation of the subject. It aims to:
-explain the subject logically and clearly, providing a solid foundation for further learning
-help students to understand the context of law-making and its future direction
-help students to succeed in assessments and improve their legal skills.
Annual editions ensure that the book keeps students as up-to-date as possible with the rapid pace of developments in the legal system of England and Wales. This new eighth edition includes discussion of the key developments in the English Legal System in the past year, such as:
-The likely changes to the business structures of the legal professions in the light of the draft Legal Services Bill and Lord Carters report on legal aid.
-The potential impact on delegated legislation of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill
-The case of Attorney-General for New Jersey v Holley on the role of the Privy Council in the establishment of judicial precedent.
PART 1: SOURCES OF LAW: 1. Case Law, 2. Statute Law, 3. Statutory Interpretation, 4. Delegated Legislation, 5. European Law, 6. Custom, 7. Equity, 8. Treaties, 9. Law reform.
PART 2: PEOPLE WORKING IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM: 10. The judiciary, 11. The legal professions, 12. The jury system, 13. Magistrates, 14. The administration of justice
PART 3: HUMAN RIGHTS: 15. Introduction to human rights, 16. Remedies for infringement of civil rights
PART 4: DISPUTE RESOLUTION: 17. Paying for legal services, 18. The Police, 19. The Criminal Trial Process, 20. Sentencing, 21. Young offenders, 22. The civil justice system, 23. Tribunals, 24. Appeals and judicial review, 25. Alternative methods of dispute resolution
PART 5: CONCEPTS OF LAW 26. Law and rules, 27. Law and morals, 28. Law and justice.
Appendix: Answering examination questions
This text is supported by a Companion Website:
For students: regular case and legislation updates, web-links, interactive questions, key term flashcards and a glossary.
For lecturers: additional problems and questions and powerpoint slides to support your teaching.
About the authors
Catherine Elliott is a qualified Barrister and Senior Lecturer in Law at City University. She has extensive experience of teaching law.
Frances Quinn is an award-winning journalist and journal editor, with a particular interest and experience in law.