The English Legal System: 2012-2013

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  • Edition: 13th
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  • Copyright: 2012-04-20
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Slapper and Kelly'"s The English Legal Systemexplains and critically assesses how our law is made and applied. Annually updated, this authoritative textbook clearly describes the legal rules of England and Wales and their collective influence as a sociocultural institution. This latest edition of The English Legal Systemresponds to the proposals of the newly elected coalition government as they affect the legal system as well as the most recent legislation and case law. The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, the Crime and Security Act 2010, new European law and the latest decisions of the Supreme Court are all incorporated into the text, and this edition also digests recent research on the work of juries and the criminal courts, and the 2010 changes to the regulation of legal services. Key learning features include: a clear and logical structure with short, manageable, well-structured individual chapters useful chapter summaries which act as a good check point for students sources for further reading and suggested websites at the end of each chapter to point students towards further learning pathways an online skills network including how tos, practical examples, tips, advice and interactive examples of English law in action. Replied upon by generations of students, Slapper and Kelly'"s The English Legal Systemis a permanent fixture in this ever evolving subject.

Author Biography

Gary Slapper, LLB, LLM, PhD,. PGCE (Law) Global Professor, New York University, and Director of New York University in London; Door Tenant, 36 Bedford Row, the Chambers of Frances Oldham QC; Visiting Professor of Law, The Open University, and The Chinese University; Hong Kong. David Kelly, BA, BA (Law), PhD, previously Principal Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction and Overviewp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Guide to Using the Bookp. xvi
Guide to the Companion Websitep. xviii
List of Figuresp. xxi
Table of Casesp. xxiii
Table of Statutesp. xxxv
Table of Statutory Instrumentsp. xlv
Table of European Legislationp. xlvii
Table of Abbreviationsp. xlix
Law and Legal Studyp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The nature of lawp. 2
Categories of lawp. 4
Approaches to law and legal studyp. 16
Skillsp. 18
Rule of Law and Human Rightsp. 21
Introductionp. 21
The rule of lawp. 21
The rule of law and the judiciaryp. 30
Human rights discourse and the rule of lawp. 43
The Human Rights Act 1998p. 44
Sources of Lawp. 79
Introductionp. 79
European Unionp. 79
Legislationp. 79
Statutory interpretationp. 91
Delegated or subordinate legislationp. 109
Case lawp. 115
Books of authorityp. 148
Customp. 148
Law reformp. 150
The Civil Courtsp. 161
Introductionp. 161
Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Servicep. 162
Magistrates' courtsp. 164
County courtsp. 165
The High Court of Justicep. 167
Appeals from the High Courtp. 170
The Court of Appeal (Civil Division)p. 171
The Appeal processp. 172
The Supreme Courtp. 177
The Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rightsp. 179
Judicial Committee of the Privy Councilp. 179
The Civil Processp. 185
Introductionp. 185
The need for reformp. 186
The new civil processp. 189
Case control (CPR Part 3)p. 194
Court and track allocation (CPR Part 26)p. 200
Documentation and proceduresp. 203
Public and private hearings (CPR Part 39)p. 210
Appeals (CPR Part 52)p. 211
Remediesp. 213
Damagesp. 213
Equitable remediesp. 216
Costs (CPR Parts 44-48)p. 218
What has the new system achieved?p. 219
Enforcement of civil remediesp. 222
The Criminal Courtsp. 233
Introductionp. 233
Magistrates' courtsp. 234
The Crown Courtp. 245
Magistrates' Courts v Crown Courtsp. 248
Criminal appealsp. 249
The Access to Justice Act 1999 - jurisdictionp. 258
Judicial Committee of the Privy Councilp. 258
Royal Commission on Criminal Justicep. 258
Criminal Cases Review Commissionp. 259
A miscarriage of justicep. 261
Reform of the criminal courtsp. 263
Coroners' courtsp. 269
The Criminal Process: (1) The Investigation of Crimep. 275
Introductionp. 275
Mistrust of the systemp. 277
Arrestp. 282
Interrogation, confession and admissibility of evidencep. 307
Revised PACE codesp. 334
The Criminal Justice Act 2003 amendments of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984p. 336
The Criminal Process: (2) The Prosecutionp. 343
Introductionp. 343
The Crown Prosecution Servicep. 344
Bailp. 358
Plea bargainingp. 368
The sentencing process, the separation of powers and the HRAp. 372
The Judiciaryp. 397
Introductionp. 397
The constitutional role of the judiciaryp. 397
Judicial officesp. 410
Appointment of judiciaryp. 414
Training of the judiciaryp. 431
Retirement of judgesp. 437
Judicial conduct and disciplinep. 438
Judicial immunity from suitp. 442
Magistratesp. 443
Judicial Reasoning and Politicsp. 461
Introductionp. 461
Law and logicp. 461
Reasoning in generalp. 462
Judicial reasoningp. 465
Judicial reviewp. 470
Politics and the judiciaryp. 475
Politics of the judiciaryp. 483
The Juryp. 497
Introductionp. 497
The role of the juryp. 499
The jury's function in trialsp. 500
The selection of the juryp. 506
Racial bias in juriesp. 519
The decline of the jury trialp. 524
Future jury reformp. 533
Investigation of jury behaviourp. 538
Conclusionp. 545
Arbitration, Tribunal Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolutionp. 551
Introductionp. 551
Mediation and conciliationp. 553
The courts and mediationp. 556
Arbitrationp. 565
Administrative tribunalsp. 571
Ombudsmanp. 584
Legal Servicesp. 599
Introductionp. 599
The legal professionp. 605
Solicitorsp. 606
Barristersp. 615
Professional etiquettep. 618
The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990p. 624
The Funding of Legal Servicesp. 637
Introductionp. 637
Background to recent changesp. 637
The legal aid schemep. 638
The legal services commissionp. 645
The community legal servicep. 645
Community legal advice centres and networksp. 653
The Criminal Defence Servicep. 654
Public Defender Servicep. 656
The Magee Review 2009p. 657
The voluntary sectorp. 658
Conditional fee arrangementsp. 659
Reforms to legal aidp. 666
The European Contextp. 679
Introductionp. 679
Sources of European Union Lawp. 691
The institutions of the European Unionp. 693
The European Court of Human Rightsp. 704
The European Convention and the European Unionp. 716
General Legal Websitesp. 723
General Readingp. 725
Indexp. 731
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