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A History of the County Court, 1846-1971 : Cambridge Studies in English Legal History - Patrick Polden

A History of the County Court, 1846-1971

Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

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Published: 13th November 1999
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This is the first full-length account of the County Court, a court which in contemporary English life has become the main forum for most civil disputes. The importance of the 'Poor Man's Court' in pursuing working-class debtors has long been recognised, but as this book shows, it has expanded far beyond its origins as an agency 'for the more easy recovery of small debts' and now includes in its jurisdiction a diverse range of matters including housing, accidents and consumer goods. Drawing on a wide range of sources, the author traces the history of the County Court from its creation in 1846 all the way through to the reconstruction of the courts in 1971. He describes their organisation and officers, from judges to bailiffs, and discusses the roles of lawyers and lay persons. Given the current controversy over access to justice, this is a timely new history.

'Patrick Polden is strong on numerous points of detail. Nothing escapes his attention ... his analysis is full of variety and colour. It is an important book on a central topic. It is also formidably strong in its use of the sort of primary sources which are often ignored by writers on the English and Welsh legal system.' Legal Studies

The making of the county courts: the deficiencies of the courts, the origins of the new county courts
An age of expansion, 1847âÇô70: the new courts and the new judges
An age of frustration: the turning point
War to war
County courts in austerity and affluence: patching up the courts
Organisation and finance: central control and organisation
The law of the county courts: statutes, orders and rules
Judges: numbers and distribution
Registrars: numbers and distribution, appointment
Staff and buildings
Appendix
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ISBN: 9780521622325
ISBN-10: 0521622328
Series: Cambridge Studies in English Legal History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 13th November 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.69