Understanding the English Legal System
The aim of this work is to set out the fundamental issues on which any informed understanding of the English law, its institutions and its operations are based. Topics covered include the nature of law, how cases are tried, the jury system and the punishment of offenders. There are sections on legal aid and the effects of European Community law on domestic legislation.
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THE NATURE OF OUR LAW
FINDING THE LAW
THE MAKING OF LAW BY PARLIAMENT
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