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A Dictionary of Law (Oxford Paperback Reference)


Author: Elizabeth A. Martin

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Publish Date: July 24, 2003

ISBN-10: 198607563

Pages: 560

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

This dictionary has been written by a distinguished team of academic and practising lawyers. It is intended primarily for those without a qualification in law who nevertheless require some legallmowledge in the course oftheir work: chartered surveyors and accountants, civil servants and local-government officers, social workers and probation officers, as well as businessmen and legal secretaries are typical examples of those whose work often calls for a knowledge of the precise meaning (and spelling) of a legal term.

Each article, therefore, begins with a clear definition of the entry word (or words) and, in most cases, is followed by a more detailed explanation or description of the concepts involved.

Written in concise English, without the unnecessary use of legal jargon, the book will also be of considerable value to members of the public who come into contact with the law and lawyers – house buyers, motorists, and hire purchasers are among those who cannot escape the effects of legislation or the unique prose style in which it is usually expressed.

In the five years since the last edition of the dictionary was published there have been radical changes in the English legal system, most notably in the areas of civil procedure (resulting from the Access to Justice Act 1999 and the Civil Procedure Rules – the socalled ‘Woolf Reforms’) and human rights law (brought about by the Human Rights Act 1998). The new edition reflects these and many other changes. If any provisions of new legislation were not in force at the time of publication, the entries to which they apply will indicate the direction ofthe proposed changes. An asterisk (*) placed before a word in a definition indicates that additional relevant information will be found under this article. Some entries simply refer the reader to another entry, indicating either that they are synonyms or abbreviations or that they are most conveniently explained, together with related terms, in one of the dictionary’s longer articles. The use of the pronoun ‘he’ (rather than she or she’) in entries has been adopted to simplify the construction of sentences; it does not imply that the subject matter relates exclusively to males.

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