The English Legal System (11th edition): 2010-2011

Slapper, Gary and Kelly, David (2010). The English Legal System (11th edition): 2010-2011. Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish.



In a law lecture delivered on 25 October 1758, William Blackstone described law as ‘this most useful and most rational branch of learning’. With the growth and pervasion of law in the succeeding two and a half centuries, the importance of legal study has risen accordingly.
Law permeates into every cell of social life. It governs everything from the embryo to exhumation. It governs the air we breathe, the food and drink that we consume, our travel, sexuality, family relationships, our property, the world of sport, science, employment, business, education, health, everything from neighbour disputes to war. Taken together, the set of institutions, processes, laws and personnel that provide the apparatus through which law works, and the matrix of rules that control them, are known as the legal system.
This system has evolved over a long time. Today it contains elements that are very old, such as the coroner's courts which have an 800-year history, and elements that are very new such as electronic law reports and judges using laptops.
A good comprehension of the English legal system requires knowledge and skill in a number of disciplines. The system itself is the result of developments in law, economy, politics, sociological change and the theories which feed all these bodies of knowledge. This book provides an analysis of the English legal system and its institutions and processes.

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