History of the Common Law: The Development of Anglo-American Legal Institutions

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Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2009 - Law - 1141 pages
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This introductory text explores the historical origins of the main legal
institutions that came to characterize the Anglo-American legal tradition, and
to distinguish it from European legal systems. The book contains both text and
extracts from historical sources and literature. The book is published in
color, and contains over 250 illustrations, many in color, including medieval
illuminated manuscripts, paintings, books and manuscripts, caricatures, and
Two great themes dominate the book: (1) the origins, development, and
pervasive influence of the jury system and judge/jury relations across eight
centuries of Anglo-American civil and criminal justice; and (2) the law/equity
division, from the emergence of the Court of Chancery in the fourteenth
century down through equity's conquest of common law in the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure. The chapters on criminal justice explore the history of
pretrial investigation, policing, trial, and sentencing, as well as the
movement in modern times to nonjury resolution through plea bargaining.
Considerable attention is devoted to distinctively American developments, such
as the elective bench, and the influence of race relations on the law of
criminal procedure.
Other major subjects of this book include the development of the legal
profession, from the serjeants, barristers, and attorneys of medieval times
down to the transnational megafirms of twenty-first century practice; the
literature of the law, especially law reports and treatises, from the Year
Books and Bracton down to the American state reports and today's electronic
services; and legal education, from the founding of the Inns of Court to the
emergence and growth of university law schools in the United States.
History of the Common Law offers:
dynamic teaching materials that include primary sources, scholarship,
summaries, notes, and questions
judiciously selected and edited sources
over 250 illustrations--many in full color
Living Law units that connect legal-historical developments to
modern law
an illustrated timeline that highlights key dates
a comprehensive Teacher's Manual, with suggestions for using the book
in a two- or three-credit course
Vivid writing, engaging source materials, and lavish illustrations breathe
life into nearly 1,000 years of Anglo-American legal history. Concise
summaries, manageable extracts, clear organization, and a detailed
Teacher's Manual consistently support your teaching.
*Teacher's Manuals are a professional courtesy offered to
professors only. For more information or to request a copy, please contact
Aspen Publishers at 800-950-5259 or legaledu@wolterskluwer.com.

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