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 considers recent case law and legislation as well as the outcome of the UK’s referendum on membership of the EU; the decision of Willers v Joyce and its impact on the role of the Privy Council in the system of precedent; the new Combined Family Court; the Legal Education and Training review and changes to the profession; and funding cuts to legal services and legal aid.
The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. Each chapter opens with a list of aims and objectives, and contains diagrams to aid learning. Cases and judgments are prominently displayed, as are primary source quotations. Summaries help check your understanding of each chapter, and there is a glossary of legal terminology. New features include problem-based questions with guidance on answering, as well as essay questions and answer plans, plus cases and materials exercises.
All titles in the series follow the same formula and include the same features so students can move easily from one subject to another. The series covers all the core subjects required by the Bar Council and the Law Society for entry onto professional qualifications as well as popular option units.
'Unlocking the English Legal System and its sister editions remain at the cutting edge of legal teaching as new methods are being developed to bring core legal subjects to the learner in a most different and refreshing way from the past… we welcome the changing interface, with the extension of digitisation, as online facilities continue to modernise today’s teaching practices for law and ease the burden on the student and the tutor.'
Elizabeth Robson Taylor and Phillip Taylor MBE of Richmond Green Chambers
Guide to the book
List of figures
List of abbreviations
Table of cases
Table of statutes and other instruments
1 THE SOURCES OF LAW
2 THE DOCTRINE OF JUDICIAL PRECEDENT
3 STATUTORY INTERPRETATION
4 CIVIL COURTS
5 CRIMINAL COURTS AND PROCEDURE
9 LAY MAGISTRATES
10 THE LEGAL PROFESSIONS
11 THE JUDICIARY
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.