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The Law Machine [Paperback]

Marcel Berlins , Clare Dyer
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31 Aug 2000
The authors explain and discuss how the justice system evolved, the way it operates - including vivid descriptions of the trial process - and how lawyers work. Revised and updated throughout for this fifth edition, THE LAW MACHINE surveys recent developments in the workings of justice and the outlook for the future. 'Refreshingly free of the patronizing attitude and the humbug with which other books about the legal system are riddled' - THES

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 5Rev Ed edition (31 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140287566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140287561
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcel Berlins, a former practising lawyer, has written several books and presented a number of television series, including The Law Machine. He presents 'Law in Action' on BBC Radio 4 and writes a weekly legal column in the Guardian. Clare Dyer, asolicitor, is legal correspondent of the Guardian and the British Medical Journal.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable to the law degree beginner 28 April 2001
Format:Paperback
Few writers manage accurately guide the reader through the maze that is the English Legal System. Perhaps, even fewer manage to present it in the logical and comprehensible manner that most, new, law students require. The Law Machine offers a complete overview of the English Legal System from the frontline Citizens Advice Bureaux to highest, domestic court, the House of Lords, It provides detailed factual information and well-reasoned critique of the issues and problems, that are continually moulding the development of our legal system. For me, the Law Machine's strength lies in the fact that unlike so many legal textbooks its not wholly rooted in the past. The Law machine looks to the future, to introduction of a Criminal Defence Service, the increasingly unsustainable split legal professions and the recent incorporation of the European Convention of Human Rights. In essence, it is a book that is an invaluable introduction to the English Legal System, well-suited to students of A-Level law and law degree undergradutes. There's hope out there for all us law students and it begins here.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice introduction to the English Legal System 20 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
"The Law Machine" by Marcel Berlins and Clare Dyer, is an introductory book regarding the law, which is an intrinsic part of a nation. Without having any prior legal knowledge of English legal system whatsoever, it gave me good groundings upon the everchanging respective field. For that reason, the book that is to be considered must be fully updated- that actually it was. Basically, inspired by a television programme, it explains The Criminal and Civil process of law, using the case portrayed in the television. The author explicitly enunciates the judicial hierarchy, and then goes on to describes the lawyers. The author has honestly touched every part of law from confused and struggling novice barristers to well-paid solicitors, and the dominancy of barristers in the judiciary. This was the first book I used for an introductory reading and it acquainted me with much of basic knowledge that I was lacking and most of my questions have been answered. The language used by the authors is generally simple, though the book sometimes seems to be a bit turgid. Nonetheless, the reason for which I bought the book, that is to gain an acquaintanceship with the English Legal System has been, without a doubt, been fulfilled. To be succinct, its a reliable introductory law book.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable to the law degree beginner 28 April 2001
Format:Paperback
Few writers manage accurately guide the reader through the maze that is the English Legal System. Perhaps, even fewer manage to present it in the logical and comprehensible manner that most, new, law students require. The Law Machine offers a complete overview of the English Legal System from the frontline Citizens Advice Bureaux to highest, domestic court, the House of Lords, It provides detailed factual information and well-reasoned critique of the issues and problems, that are continually moulding the development of our legal system. For me, the Law Machine's strength lies in the fact that unlike so many legal textbooks its not wholly rooted in the past. The Law machine looks to the future, to introduction of a Criminal Defence Service, the increasingly unsustainable split legal professions and the recent incorporation of the European Convention of Human Rights. In essence, it is a book that is an invaluable introduction to the English Legal System, well-suited to students of A-Level law and law degree undergradutes. There's hope out there for all us law students and it begins here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good starter text 11 Nov 2005
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This is not a book for the advanced law student but why would they want it anyway. For those taking an A level or starting on a degree course it gives an excellent initial guide to the legal maze and will make further studies much easier. Its layout takes you through legal and civil case scenarios in a virtual story book form.Its a fairly east way to assimilate the basics of the English Legal System and I would definitely encourage the beginer to read it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foundation for Students in Law 10 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
Studying law at university is a daunting experience in itself let alone trying to get your head around the actual revision.

I purchased this book as I had to cover Legal Method and Skills as a module in my first year @ uni. This was a great reference point, to read over before certain lectures/seminars it helps reinstate what lecturers had been saying.

If you're in your first year of uni studying law, this is a really nice introduction into the world of the English Legal System which will form the foundation of your legal career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars last updated in 2000 16 Feb 2014
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The book could do with another update to revise the changes particularly in regard to legal aid which has now been severely curtailed, direct access to barristers by members of the public and the introduction of the supreme court.

To it's credit the fundamental issues of justice it raises remain essentially the same and they are clearly and well presented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read this years ago 5 Feb 2014
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It's all there... I now understand items on the news, not just in general, but in great detail, kind of spooky really. A good read for someone who wants a broad overview of the criminal justice system.
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