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Readership: Pre-course reading for undergraduate law students; main text for students taking an English Legal System course in the first year; ideal
for courses where no formal instruction in the legal system is provided; excellent for college students studying law at A-level; those considering a career in law; and students on courses with a legal component (eg. business studies; citizenship studies) who need to acquire foundation knowledge of the legal system.
Martin Partington, Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol
Martin Partington is Emeritus Professor of Law, Bristol University.
For 5 years, he was Law Commissioner, and was retained by the Law Commission as a special consultant in order to complete its major programme of work on the reform of housing law until 2008. He was a special consultant to the Leggatt Review of Tribunals in 2001. He has been a member of numerous committees and bodies working within the English Legal System. In 2011-2012 he was a consultant to the Public Administration Select Committee of the House of Commons. He was appointed CBE in 2002, elected a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2006, and made an honorary Queens Counsel in 2008.
Review(s) from previous edition"Martin Partington has succeeded admirably in providing a text which both explains things clearly, and encourages the reader to think about the enormous changes currently affecting the legal system. He has been able to draw on his experience not only as a teacher of law, but also as a law reformer and contributor to the work of many important committees. - Lord Philips of Worth Matravers
"A really good introduction to this subject; ideal as pre-course reading." - Rebecca Smith, Lecturer in Law, University of Wales, Newport
"Introduction to the English Legal System is a great learning source for any student about to embark on their law degree - I found it clear, interesting, and easy to follow. It not only helps with the basics but provides a good foundation for all areas within the degree." - Amy Wales, Law student, Reading University
"A comprehensive introduction to the basic role and workings of the English Legal System. Introduction to the English Legal System provides a detailed explanation of the key legal institutions in a logical and easy to follow structure." - Laurence Thomas, Law student, Durham University
1: Aims, themes and structure
Law, society, and authority
2: Law and society: the purposes and functions of law
3: Law-making: authority and process
The institutional framework
4: Shaping the institutional framework: the role of government
5: The criminal justice system
6: The administrative justice system
7: The family justice system
8: The civil and commercial justice system
The delivery and funding of legal services
9: Delivering legal services: practitioners, adjudicators, and legal scholars
10: Funding legal services
11: Is the English legal system fit for purpose?
Martin Partington's blog: Spotlight on the Justice System