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5.0 out of 5 stars The best selling guide...., 27 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Blackstone's Magistrates' Court Handbook 2014 (Flexibound)
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TO THE MAGISTRATES' COURTS IN THE NEW EDITION FOR 2014

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

If somewhere there is a handier and more useful guide to practice and procedure in the magistrates' court, we don't know about it. Busy -- not to mention pressured -- criminal practitioners everywhere will certainly welcome this latest edition of Blackstone's Magistrates' Court Handbook 2014 recently published by the Oxford University Press.

This practical and well nigh indispensable guide is part of the OUP's brilliant series of handy, portable volumes created to help practitioners in, for example, the police station as well as the Crown Courts and Youth Courts. Speaking of which, those who practice regularly in the Youth Courts will be interested to know that the Blackstone's Youth Court Handbook 2014 -2015 is also out now. Both volumes, as well as other volumes in the series, can truly be described as gems. Measuring no more than 4 by 7 inches, with plasticated covers, these volumes deliver on average over 700 pages of vital material.

In particular, The Magistrates' Court Handbook 2014 aims -- in the words of author Anthony Edwards --`to provide a practical resource to busy criminal lawyers seeking answers to the common - and some not so common - issues that arise at court'. This resource in particular, has been organised for easy accessibility with any number of aids to navigation, from tables and flow charts, to boxed, shaded sections and some handy icons which flag up such key points as `sentence' and `dangerous offender'.

The overall intention, says the author, is to provide a convenient source of `answers to questions that arise pre-trial at the magistrates' court level'. To this end, the cross-referencing to `Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2014' which guides the reader to further and in-depth commentary is especially useful. To cite more examples, also note the essential extracts from the Magistrates' Court sentencing guidelines and the new appendix which lists indictable-only offences.

You might also remark that this apparently small volume offers a remarkably wide selection of research resources, namely fifty or so pages containing tables of cases, primary legislation, secondary legislation, conventions and practice directions, plus seven appendices and an index of over forty pages at the back. The book's major benefit is that it brings together a wide, diverse and yet pertinent range of material together in one convenient place, which is why all criminal practitioners should always have a copy. The law is stated as at 31 May 2013.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 10 May 2014
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This is an essential part of my toolkit for Court (and many others!). Great size to carry around court, simple, easy to follow index. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is like the Bible for criminal lawyers, 14 Nov. 2014
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This book is like the Bible for criminal lawyers, I wouldn't be without it on a daily basis at court or the police station.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for people working in Magistrates Courts, 11 Aug. 2014
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Bought this book for my partner to use at work. She buys one each year so it must be good for what it does.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version, 22 Nov. 2013
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Very helpful handbook, but the Kindle version is spoiled by the opening pages and preface by Anthony Edwards, because everytime the application is opened the preface has to be paged through to get to the contents page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 14 Nov. 2013
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The book came when I was told it would. The packaging was just right not to much, and my employer was over the moon
that she had it the next day
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