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English Legal System (5th edn)  

Helen RutherfordSenior Lecturer, Northumbria UniversityClose
Birju KotechaSenior Lecturer, Northumbria UniversityClose
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Angela MacfarlaneSenior Lecturer, Northumbria UniversityClose
Published in Print: 13 May 2022 Published Online:September 2022
ISBN: 9780192858856
Publisher:Oxford University Press


English Legal System provides understanding of the operation of the legal system which is essential to the laying of a solid foundation on which to build further legal study. After offering practical advice on how to study the English Legal System, there is an overview of the nature of law, the sources of law, how the English legal system operates, the courts of England and Wales, and some of the important institutions and personnel of the law. How legislation is made and how it is interpreted is discussed. How judges make law and how this process is governed by the doctrine of judicial precedent are explored. The legal precedent set by a case the ratio decidendi, and other statements of law, obiter dicta, are explained. The book considers the impact of membership of the European Union (EU), being a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and Brexit. The institutions and personnel of the law: juries, judges, and lawyers are covered. The criminal process, from arrest to trial, to sentencing, is explained and analysed. Resolution of disputes through the civil courts and tribunals is explained, as is the civil process. Alternative methods of dispute resolution are considered.