Slapper, Gary and Kelly, David
The English legal system: Q and A. 4th edition.
Questions and answers.
London: Cavendish Publishing Ltd.
Since the third edition of this book in 1999, the English legal system has undergone major changes. The Access to Justice Act 1999 has lead to the establishment of the Legal Services Commission and the Community Legal Service, and has re-drawn the legal landscape. The 1998 Civil Procedure Rules came into force and have been amended and updated 21 times since. The Human Rights Act 1998 came into force in October 2000 and has already had ramifications for virtually all aspects of law, and thus how the legal system operates. To prepare it, the judiciary underwent the most comprehensive and detailed formal training in its entire thousand-year history. Furthermore, the Crown Prosecution Service has been re-organized, the nature of judicial impartiality has been authoritatively defined, the role of the jury has been exposed to intense public and legal debate, liability of advocates for courtroom negligence has been established, the appeals system has been altered, Alternative Dispute Resolution has become a major feature of British life, and European law has continued to widen and deepen its application. As a result of these profound changes, this book has been re-designed and a new range of questions and answers is offered.
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