Unlocking the English Legal System will help you grasp the main concepts of the legal system in England and Wales with ease. Containing accessible explanations in clear and precise terms that are easy to understand, it provides an excellent foundation for learning and revising. This edition also contains four new chapters: on European Law and the English Legal System; Legal Reasoning; Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Legal Skills and Examination Preparation. In addition, this edition considers the legal consequences of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, or ‘Brexit’; the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination that will be introduced in 2021; the Lammy Review of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in the Criminal Justice System; and the proposals for a new Online Court in the civil justice system.
The books in the Unlocking the Law Series get straight to the point and offer clear and concise coverage of the law, broken-down into bite-size sections with regular recaps to boost your confidence. They provide complete coverage of both core and popular optional law modules, presented in an innovative, visual format.
1 THE SOURCES OF LAW
2 THE ENGLISH LEGAL SYSTEM AND EUROPEAN LAW
3 THE DOCTRINE OF JUDICIAL PRECEDENT
4 STATUTORY INTERPRETATION
5 LEGAL REASONING
6 CIVIL COURTS
7 ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
8 CRIMINAL COURTS AND PROCEDURE
12 LAY MAGISTRATES
13 THE LEGAL PROFESSIONS
14 THE JUDICIARY
16 LEGAL SKILLS AND EXAMINATION PREPARATION
The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. The books have been designed with the same format and structure, so each chapter in each book includes: a list of aims and objectives, activities such as quick quizzes and self-test questions, key facts charts to consolidate your knowledge, and diagrams to aid learning.
All topic areas are broken up into manageable sections with a logical progression and extensive use of headings and numerous sub-headings as well as an extensive contents list and index. Each book in the series contains a variety of flow charts, diagrams, key facts charts and summaries to reinforce the information in the body of the text. Diagrams and flow charts are particularly useful because they can provide a quick and easy understanding of the key points, especially when revising for examinations. Key facts charts not only provide a quick visual guide through the subject but are also useful for revision.
Many cases are separated out for easy access and all cases have full citation in the text as well as the table of cases for easy reference. The emphasis of the series is on depth of understanding much more than breadth of detail. For this reason each text also includes key extracts from judgments where appropriate. Extracts from academic comment from journal articles and leading texts are also included to give some insight into the academic debate on complex or controversial areas. In both cases these are highlighted and removed from the body of the text.
Finally the books also include much formative 'self-testing', with a variety of activities ranging through subject specific comprehension, application of the law, and a range of other activities to help the student gain a good idea of his or her progress in the course. Appendices with guides on completing essay style questions and legal problem solving supplement and support this interactivity. Besides this a sample essay plan is added at the end of most chapters.
Series editors: Jacqueline Martin LLM has ten years' experience as a practising barrister and has taught law at all levels. Chris Turner LLM is a Senior Lecturer in law at Wolverhampton University.