English Legal System in Context

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Law - 371 pages
English Legal System in Context provides a critical overview of the legal system, and establishes a sound theoretical framework within which to analyze the system. It discusses the intricacies of the legal system, showing the blurred distinction between the legal and the non-legal, and the authors provide an insightful contextual analysis of the system and its main protagonists.

The authors discuss the police and their powers, the role of the CPS, private policing, the work of non-police agencies, and various methods of alternative dispute resolution, As well as the traditional core areas of the English legal system such as the courts, case law, legal professionals, and the civil and criminal proceedings. Students will find the coverage of the legal profession of particular interest; this text is distinctive in its detailed examination of the role of law schools and law students in the development of the legal profession.

With a clear, logical structure, and a wealth of references to take the reader further into the subject, this is a perceptive and wide-ranging study that explains and illuminates this fascinating subject.
 

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Contents

1 What is the English legal system?
1
2 The significance of courts
22
3 Courts in the English legal system
35
4 Tribunals
69
the use of case law
84
reading statutes
106
7 The university law school and law students
127
8 Solicitors and barristers
140
11 Alternative dispute resolution
195
12 Private security and other nonpolice agencies
208
uncovering crime and powers of stop and search
224
14 Arrest and detention
243
15 Prosecutions
286
16 The magistrates court
299
17 The Crown Court
317
Bibliography
334

9 Judges and judging
163
10 The civil court in action
178

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Fiona Cownie is Professor of Law at the University of Keele. She was formerly HK Bevan Professor of Law at the University of Hull. A former Vice-Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and Past President of the European Law Faculties Association, she is an expert in legal eduction, and is well known for her work in socio-legal studies. Anthony Bradney is Professor of Law at the University of Keele. He was formerly Professor of Law at the University of Sheffield and the University of Leicester. He is Vice-Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, Executive Committee member of the Society of Legal Scholars, and is editor of the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. Bradney as published widely in the areas of law and religion, law and popular culture, legal pluralism, and legal education.
Mandy Burton is Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester. She specialises in criminal justice and family law. She has completed numerous empirical socio-legal studies, including projects commissioned by the Crown Prosecution Service, Department for Constitutional Affairs, and the Home Office.

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