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The English Legal System

Eighth Edition

Alisdair Gillespie and Siobhan Weare

31 May 2021

ISBN: 9780198868996

784 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

Paints a vivid picture of the English legal system, giving students the confidence to analyse, evaluate, and critique the law



An engaging guide to the English legal system which helps students new to law develop a critical legal mind. Presenting and critiquing the law in a lively style, this text invites students to question, analyse, and evaluate.

  • The authors' clear and lively style makes the subject matter easy to follow
  • Comprehensive coverage of the English legal system provides students with knowledge of all the key concepts covered on most courses
  • Reflective learning features encourage students to ask questions and think critically about the more controversial aspects of the legal system
  • Carefully chosen examples enable students to relate concepts to real-life situations and apply their knowledge
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • The chapter 'International sources of law' has been extensively rewritten to include a fuller discussion of international law and its impact on UK law, and to consider the changes to the UK's relationship with the EU post-Brexit
  • A new chapter, 'Funding access to justice ' combines and expands the coverage of civil and criminal legal aid to reflect recent developments and to increase accessibility
  • 'The future in a post-Covid world' chapter looks at the impact of Covid-19 on the English legal system and considers what the future is likely to bring

About the Author(s)

Alisdair Gillespie, Head of Department and Professor of Law, Lancaster University, and Siobhan Weare, Lecturer in Law, Lancaster University

Table of Contents

    Part I: Sources of Law
    1:The English legal system
    2:Domestic sources of law: parliamentary material
    3:Domestic sources of law: case law
    4:International sources of law
    5:Human Rights Act 1998
    Part II: The Courts and the Practitioners
    6:The structure of the courts
    7:The structure of the tribunals
    8:The Judiciary and their appointment
    9:Judicial independence
    10:The legal professions
    11:Funding access to justice
    Part III: The Criminal Justice System
    12:The investigation of crime
    13:Pre-trial matters
    14:Those in court
    15:The trials
    16:Criminal appeals
    Part IV: The Civil Justice System
    17:Civil litigation
    18:Remedies and appeals
    19:Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Part V: The Future
    20:The future in a post-Covid world

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

The eighth 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 that support the book include:

Podcasts - guide students through the book and accompany the questions for reflection in the textbook
Self-test questions - allow students to test understanding
Web links - provide opportunities to take learning further
Practical activities - help students to put their knowledge into practice
Glossary - outlining the key terms related to the English legal system

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