|Darbyshire on the English Legal System provides students with an engaging, thought-provoking and highly readable introduction to the contemporary legal system of England and Wales. The work explains and critically evaluates the elements of the English Legal System in their practical (real world) and historic context.|
- Considers the various functions and powers of individuals and institutions within the English Legal System
- Includes analysis of the latest case law and other key developments, including new research and government policy
- Contains a list of further reading at the end of each chapter and free online updates, so that students can undertake further study
New for the thirteenth edition:
- The impact of Brexit on UK legal services, lawyers, judges, English law, human rights and the relationship between domestic courts and the Court of Justice of the EU.
- Understanding the importance of EU law post-Brexit.
- The rebranding and restructuring of the Business Courts.
- An examination and critique of The Court and Tribunal Reform Programme, widespread court and tribunal closures, the likely impact of shifting procedures online, current procedural changes, including those caused by Covid-19, and plans for the future.
- The continual changes to criminal procedure as they affect the accused, victims, witnesses and lawyers.
- The ever-changing legal services market and the changes to lawyers’ business structures and ways of working. The importance of understanding law and technology.
- The new and proposed changes to legal training and qualification.
- Progress and lack of progress in diversifying the judiciary.
- The threat to constitutional principles, human rights and the balance of power posed by the effects of Covid-19 legislation and changes to the legislative process.
Part 1 SOURCES
1. Understanding the English Legal System
2. Statutory interpretation
3. EU Law
4. The European Convention on Human Rights
5. Law Reform and the Changing Legal System
Part 2 INSTITUTIONS
6. Civil Courts
7. Criminal Courts
Part 3 PROCEDURES
9. The Adversarial Process
10. Civil Procedure
11. Alternatives to the Civil Courts: Institutions and Procedures
12. Criminal Procedure
Part 4 PROFESSIONALS IN THE LAW
Part 5 LAYPEOPLE IN THE LAW
16. The Jury
Part 6 ACCESS TO JUSTICE
17. Legal Aid