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Introduction to the English Legal System

Fifteenth Edition

Martin Partington

13 May 2021

ISBN: 9780198852926

384 pages

In Stock

Price: £29.99

The most concise 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.

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

New to this edition

  • The impact of Covid-19 on the justice system
  • Added coverage on devolved Parliaments
  • New data on diversity in the Judiciary
  • Progress with the government's Transformation reform programme
  • Expanded coverage on the Crown Prosecution Service
  • Problems with the funding of the justice system
  • New routes to professional qualification for solicitors and barristers

About the Author(s)

Martin Partington, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Bristol

Martin Partington is a barrister and Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Bristol. From 2001 he was Law Commissioner and later special consultant to the Law Commission leading its major programme of work on the reform of housing law. He was a 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:Providing legal services: the legal professions
    10:Access to Justice: paying for legal services
    11:Transformation or transition? The English legal system in flux

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; self-test 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.

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