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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful general guide for the layman...
This is a useful guide to understand general law definitions which are encountered in disputes, news reporting, magazine and newspaper articles etc. and it is not intended as an in-depth guide for people working in the legal profession:- this is largely broad-brush-strokes explaining what a term means, and not the in-depth nuts and bolts of how it actually operates in...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Have barely used this book
I bought this book hoping for some neat definitions of things like murder, to assist with exam prep. The book does not help and it is easier to use online resources.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful general guide for the layman..., 24 May 2013
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This is a useful guide to understand general law definitions which are encountered in disputes, news reporting, magazine and newspaper articles etc. and it is not intended as an in-depth guide for people working in the legal profession:- this is largely broad-brush-strokes explaining what a term means, and not the in-depth nuts and bolts of how it actually operates in cases of law.
It would be very useful for anyone working in media because in that line of business hardly a day passes without some query about a legal definition - for instance the term "cruelty" in domestic and divorce cases means it has changed from being solely injury affecting physical or mental health and it is no longer automatic grounds for divorce. There's a good run-down of things such as the Data Protection Act, Terrorism Acts, British Citizenship, Maternity Rights, the law as it relates to road accidents, explanation of Parliamentary law in various ways, several pages on public laws of various kinds, and so on.
At the back it contains some links for follow-up information.
I found it a very interesting browse, but I am also happy to now have it on the shelf for specific reference. It contains much information in a relatively small volume, which means that print size is very small and many people would need reading glasses. Steve Riches, Northampton, UK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Oxford Dictionary of Law, 15 May 2013
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As with any dictionary you need to access the information quickly, and concisely. If you are travelling about it and you need referencing, on the go then this edition is just the right size. Returning to the referencing, this dictionary is no different from any other good quality dictionary. It is easy to thumb through - the definitions are just the right length and they range in complexity from a few a few words to help define the term to a much larger entry. My only critiques would be as the `law' changes and evolves the terms and definitions will change, which means this type of dictionary will have a short shelve life. While this book more than covers many legal terms etc., this edition by size will not be the definitive dictionary on all terms and you may need to refer to a larger compendium.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary versus wikipedia?, 29 April 2013
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It is tricky knowing what the value of a legal dictionary is when you have Wikipedia at your fingertips. This is good value for a law book - RRP 12.99. It has been in print since 1983; it has sold almost half a million copies; and this is the new updated 2013 edition. But already it is out of date - it has entries for Primary Care Trusts and for the Criminal Records Bureau - both of which are gone. Everything changes so fast - and a book like this can only take a snapshot.

I and my tame lawyer looked up some entries. The summary of the Data Protection Act was very dry, and only top level. It did not give you any guidance for instance on when data sharing might be allowed - only some high level principles and rights of the individual. But we liked the definitions of concepts I was less familiar with. We could now answer esoteric pub quiz questions on what is "time immemorial", and how referring to a spent conviction can be defamation; or what `commonhold' is; or how taking something out of a rubbish bin may be theft because refuse is not abandoned property! But in general, we found very formal definitions of concepts, rather than explanations that might be comprehensible to the possible target audience of A' level law student.

Sometimes, the definitions might be a useful starting point for a Wikipedia search. Very rarely were they useful for people in the world. This is not a practical guide to law. But it is an ambitious alphabetical attempt to condense it in six hundred dense pages, covering law from medieval to modern. Dipping into it definitely added to my general knowledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Have barely used this book, 3 May 2014
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I bought this book hoping for some neat definitions of things like murder, to assist with exam prep. The book does not help and it is easier to use online resources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful,, 15 May 2013
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The kind of book every household should own. Every legal definition you could possibly dream of is here, with a short, clear explanation of each.
Of course, you could look this sort of stuff up online, but there's something more authentic about pulling the book off the shelf and looking something up.
It's worth remembering this is a legal dictionary, with short descriptions, not an Encyclopedia.
Worth owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Law demystified even for lawyers, 27 April 2013
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First published in 1983 this is the 7th edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Law (2013) which has been compiled by a team of academic professors and lecturers in law as well as practising solicitors, barristers and specialists. It is completely up to date, incorporating recent changes in the law and, as one may expect being an Oxford University publication, it is authoritative and impressively trustworthy. Its approx 8 x5 inch size means it is manageable to carry around in a brief case or large pocket, 600 pages in length, fairly small print, consisting of 4,200 concise articles arranged in A to Z order with a rapid access aid printed on the book outer surface, Oxford have done everything possible to make this a practical book for Law students and legal professionals, as well as lay people wishing to understand the strange language and difficult legal terminology they may be confronted with upon encountering the Law. The book makes Law, its processes and archaic mannerisms of speech, as transparent as possible, while maintaining a rigorous intelligent understanding of the material.

The Dictionary is written in clear comprehensible language completely devoid of legal contortions and jargon. Each article begins with a definition followed by an expansion of the concepts involved and their explanation. There are references to cases and citations. Many of the articles have links to web pages for further resources or information. Initially this links the reader to Oxford University's Law Dictionary references/resources web site pages and from there to a plethora of helpful web links. This is very useful if one wishes to delve deeper into a subject and it saves hours of fruitless searches by oneself.

The Dictionary, naturally, is mainly concerned with the English legal system, but it also covers sufficient European Law, International Law and Human Rights Law to make it as fully comprehensive as possible within the space. It is an enlightening book, a highly recommended acquisition for your legal library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A handy guide but not without errors, 29 April 2013
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This dictionary contains concise definitions (typically between one and about ten sentences long) for a large number of legal terms. They are well written and generally easy to understand.

For me, this book has to compete with Wikipedia, which is usually right at my fingertips, rather than having to be fetched off a bookshelf. It fares reasonably well in this competition, because of the conciseness and quality of its definitions. There are, however, Wikipedia entries on almost every term contained in this dictionary, most of which provide a lot more detail than is given here. I can see myself using both sources, but probably more often Wikipedia.

The fact that this dictionary is compiled by reputable contributors and editors is obviously a plus point, and should be a key selling point over Wikipedia. However, the very first definition I looked up, after receiving this book, contains an inaccuracy: under the entry for "patent", the term "priority date" is stated as being the date of application; this is not correct: the priority date is typically a year earlier than the application date, from which the 20 year term of the patent is then calculated. It's a rather minor point, you might think, but the fact that there is an inaccuracy in one of the few entries I'm qualified to comment on (and the very first one I looked at, at that) has certainly knocked my faith in the quality of those entries that I know nothing about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, 30 Jun 2014
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Perfect!
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good !, 18 Jun 2014
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It's a very good product - recommended !

I'm happy I took this choice !

Enjoy it a very good deal !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handy Books to have, 23 May 2014
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This is one book you pick up time and time again.
a must in every ones collection, not just for the shelf.
Regards Ralph Karsten.
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