Martin Partington: Spotlight on the Justice System

Keeping the English Legal System under review

Introduction to the English Legal System 15th edition

I am delighted that the 15th edition of my book Introduction to the English Legal System has just been published by Oxford University Press. Among issues considered in the new edition are:

  • progress with the Government’s Transformation—Courts and Tribunals 2022 reform programme;
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the English legal system;
  • improved coverage of the legislative functions of the devolved Parliaments;
  • the new Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill 2020;
  • the revision of the Equal Treatment Bench Book;
  • the latest data on diversity in the judiciary;
  • expanded discussion of the roles of the Crown Prosecution Service, the Criminal Cases Review Committee, and the Parole Board;
  • enactment of the Sentencing Act 2020 and the introduction of the Sentencing Code;
  • notes on the Independent Reviews of Judicial Review and the Human Rights Act;
  • the passing of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 and the progress of the Domestic Abuse Bill 2020;
  • consideration of the development of new ways of funding litigation and ways of reducing barriers to the access to justice;
  • proposals for revisiting the ways in which the legal professions are regulated—the Mayson Report;
  • introduction of new routes to professional qualification for solicitors and barristers;
  • establishment of a review of the criminal legal aid scheme.

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Written by lwtmp

June 11, 2021 at 9:43 am

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