Journals Higher Education



19 May 2013

692 Pages

9.7 x 7.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199657094

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The English Legal System

Fourth Edition

Alisdair Gillespie

  • The text encourages students to critique the English legal system and to foster an appreciation of academic debate concerning how the law is made and reformed
  • Question boxes, supported by audio podcasts on the Online Resource Centre, spark active engagement with the more controversial aspects of the legal system and encourage the application of knowledge to real-life situations
  • Written in a lively and approachable style explaining the key concepts with clarity to capture the interest of those new to the study of law
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of topical issues and enriches students' understanding by placing the English legal system in the wider context of European and international developments
  • Part III of the book has streamlined its structure so that summary trials, trials on indictment and youth trials are all considered in the same chapter allowing the reader to compare and contrast the differences between these types of trials.
  • A new chapter on juries and trial by lay magistrates has been written so that students can understand the important role lay justice plays in the English Legal System.
  • The chapter on civil litigation is structured around three new case studies: one focussing on the small claims track; another on judicial review; and the final on a family dispute. This unique approach enables students to understand exactly how different forms of civil litigation occur in real life
  • The chapter on civil remedies and appeals continues the case-study approach so students can see what happens when a party disagrees with the ruling of the judge and understand how an appeal would be brought against the decision.
  • The chapter on the future of the English Legal System considers changes to judicial diversity, judicial appointments and important structural changes proposed by the Crime and Courts Bill 2012 currently before Parliament and which recommends, amongst others, the creation of a new Family Court of England & Wales.