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The Most Fundamental Legal Right : Habeas Corpus in the Commonwealth - David Clark

The Most Fundamental Legal Right

Habeas Corpus in the Commonwealth

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Published: 1st July 2000
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This book on habeas corpus throughout the Commonwealth explores the theme of the fortunes of the writ and the conditions under which it has either flourished or waned. Drawing upon a wide range of commonwealth authorities, and including materials from the colonial period as well as from ex-Commonwealth or ex-empire states, this volume considers the diffusion of the writ, the myths surrounding it, and the uses to which the writ has been put which distinguish the remedy from the English experience. The reach of the writ in time and space is considered especially in multi-jurisdictional and federal legal systems, as well as the availability of habeas corpus in non-custodial situations such as bail, house arrest, parole and probation. Given the ubiquity of emergencies and military government for long periods in several jurisdictions, the fate of the writ under conditions of martial law and emergency rule is also considered. The constitutional status of the writ and the expansion of the role of the writ in states with a bill of rights is shown to have both enlivened the jurisprudence on the writ and expanded the ambit of habeas corpus review. Finally, a neglected aspect of the writ as used against detentions ordered by Parliament is discussed in the final chapter, where it is shown that the reach of review is far wider in a number of commonwealth jurisdictions than in England itself. No previous collection of essays or monograph has attempted to explore the writ against a Commonwealth-wide canvas and the differences in the role and use of the writ that emerge are a counterpoint to established thinking about the writ in England and some older commonwealth jurisdictions. While no policy prescriptions are presented, the ideas and arguments discussed in the book should prove to be an inspiration for lawyers and legislators in different parts of the Commonwealth.

`a well-written, and thoroughly researched, comparative account of the great writ. a valuable study of many difficult doctrinal conundrums Clark and McCoy take a hard-nosed and pragmatic approach, firmly rooted in the prevailing reality of the operative legal and political culture. Clark and McCoy provide a thorough and lawyerly account of one of the common law's most important contributions to the protection of human freedom. From this perspective the book represents an invaluable resource, providing a thorough and thoughtful guide to the uses and limits of habeas corpus. The book makes a significant contribution to comparative constitutional law' Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, Winter 2001 `This collect ion nine studies in the law of personal liberty is ...a work of high quality....The authors have assembled an extremely impressive range of material.' Irish Jurist 35 (2000)

1: Introduction : An Exegesis : Habeas Corpus 2: Myth and Reality : Habeas Corpus 3: Martial Law and Habeas Corpus 4: Emergencies and Habeas Corpus 5: Duration of Detention and Habeas Corpus 6: Geography, Jurisdiction and Habeas Corpus 7: Non-Custodial Restraint and Habeas Corpus 8: Bill of Rights, Constitutions and Habeas Corpus 9: Contempt of the Legislature and Habeas Corpus Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198265849
ISBN-10: 0198265840
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st July 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.0  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.72