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A History of the County Court, 1846–1971

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Part of Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521184090

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  • The first full-length account of the establishment of the County Court in England and Wales in 1846 and its work, through to its reconstruction in 1971. It traces its development from being largely a debt collection agency to its far wider jurisdiction today as the main forum for civil disputes. Drawing on a wide range of sources, the author describes its organization and officers and discusses the roles of lawyers and lay persons. Given the current controversy over access to justice, this is a timely new history.

    • Was the first full length history of the County Courts in England and Wales
    • Combines extensive use of contemporary publications with unpublished Government records
    • Of interest to nineteenth- and twentieth-century social historians
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    "Based on an exhaustive reading of the extant correspondence of the Lord Chancellor's Office, a broad sweep of parliamentary and offical publications, and the legal press...A History of the County offerd a wealth of information on the evolving structures of civil law in Britain, and it will become sn essential reference for students of law, society, and economy in Engalnd and Wales.' Jrnl of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521184090
    • length: 426 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The making of the county courts: the deficiencies of the courts, the origins of the new county courts
    2. An age of expansion, 1847–70: the new courts and the new judges
    3. An age of frustration: the turning point
    4. War to war
    5. County courts in austerity and affluence: patching up the courts
    6. Organisation and finance: central control and organisation
    7. The law of the county courts: statutes, orders and rules
    8. Judges: numbers and distribution
    9. Registrars: numbers and distribution, appointment
    10. Staff and buildings

  • Author

    Patrick Polden, Brunel University

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