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Introduction to the English Legal System 2019-2020

Fourteenth Edition

Martin Partington

May 2019

ISBN: 9780198838838

368 pages

In Stock

Price: £26.99

An eye-opening introduction by an author active in law reform gets students involved in debates from day one



Introduction to the English Legal System is the ideal foundation for those new to the study of law. Writing in a highly engaging and accessible style, Partington introduces the purposes and functions of English law, the law-making process, and the machinery of justice, whilst also challenging assumptions and exploring current debates.

  • Includes supportive features to help the development of critical thinking skills
  • Written in a clear and concise style which is accessible and easy to digest
  • User-friendly layout and text design makes for easy navigation
  • Thorough updates ensure that readers stay abreast of the latest developments in English law
  • Draws upon the author's considerable experience as a barrister, working on law reform and teaching the law
  • Perfect for introductory and foundation courses as well as pre-course reading
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • The implications of Brexit
  • Progress with the governments Transformation: Courts and Tribunals 2022 reform programme
  • New data on diversity in the Judiciary
  • Changes in the use of stop and search powers by the police
  • Reform of the Parole Board
  • Reform of the youth criminal justice system
  • The new Victims Strategy
  • Civil justice reform, including reform of the Court of Protection
  • Reform of the regulation of claims management companies and the legal professions
  • Changing the routes to professional qualification

About the Author(s)

Martin Partington, Emeritus Professor of Law and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Martin Partington is a barrister and Emeritus Professor of Law and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. For five years he was Law Commissioner and was retained by the Law Commission as a special consultant in order to complete its major programme of work on the reform of housing law until 2008. He was a special consultant to the Leggatt Review of Tribunals in 2001. He has been a member of numerous committees and bodies working within the English Legal System. In 2011-2012 he was a consultant to the Public Administration Select Committee of the House of Commons. He was appointed CBE in 2002, elected a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2006, and made an honorary Queens Counsel in 2008. He is the author of Spotlight on the Justice System, a blog created to accompany Introduction to the English Legal System.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction: aims, themes, and structure
    2:Law and society: the purposes and functions of law
    3:Law-making: authority and process
    4:Shaping the legal system: the role of government
    5:The criminal justice system
    6:The administrative justice system
    7:The family justice system
    8:The civil and commercial justice systems
    9:Delivering legal services: practitioners, adjudicators, and legal scholars
    10:Funding legal services
    11:The transformation of the English legal system: pressures and challenges


"Review from previous edition I think the book is an outstanding introduction and, in fact, goes deeper than that." - David Hodgkinson, De Montfort University

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
This edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • The online resources include questions for reflection and discussion; multiple choice questions; a glossary; further reading materials; web links; and a link to Martin Partington's blog, which covers key developments in the English justice system.

    Visit Martin Partington's blog page for additional insight into the English Legal System.

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