Written in a highly engaging and approachable style, the fifth edition of Introduction to the English Legal System is an ideal foundation for all those coming new to the study of law. It introduces readers to the purposes and functions of law and the law-making process; it also explains what is happening to the English legal system, why it is happening, and considers what the future may bring. It covers recent institutional developments and their significance for key matters of public interest including human rights, control of crime, fears of a compensation culture, and access to justice. Online Resource Centre Student Resources: Video (introduction to the book) Podcasts (discussion of key debates) Author blog Web links Glossary Crosswords Multiple choice questions Lecturer resources: PowerPoint presentations with lecture notes Test bank
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION; 1. 'Knowledge', themes and structure; LAW, SOCIETY AND AUTHORITY; 2. Law and society: the purposes and functions of law; 3. Law-making: authority and process; THE INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK; 4. Shaping the institutional framework: the role of government; 5. The criminal justice system; 6. The administrative justice system; 7. The family justice system; 8. The civil and commercial justice system; THE DELIVERY AND FUNDING OF LEGAL SERVICES; 9. Delivering legal services: practitioners, adjudicators, and legal scholars; 10. The funding of legal services; CONCLUSION; 11. Is the legal system fit for purpose?
Martin Partington is Emeritus Professor of Law, Bristol University and returned to part-time practice at Chambers in 2006, following the completion of his term of office as Law Commissioner. He was made an honorary Queen's Counsel in 2008.