Wildy’s Handbook for Magistrates (3ed)

Wildy’s Handbook for Magistrates (3ed)
Wildy’s Handbook for Magistrates (3ed)
Allan, RJ
Wildy Simmonds & Hill Publishing

Wildy’s Handbook for Magistrates(previously published asBlackstone’s Handbook for Magistrates) is a readable and comprehensive account of the work of magistrates in England and Wales.

It examines how magistrates are appointed; what they are empowered to do; how their courts are organised and operated; the kinds of matters they deal with – crimes such as theft and assault, traffic offences and issues concerning children and families; how they go about assessing evidence and deciding what to accept as true; how they decide whether defendants should be released on bail or kept in custody; the sentences they may impose and how they endeavour to make the punishment fit the crime.

The book also looks at how legal aid works, a subject of continuing public and political concern. Last, but not least, it gives a flavour of what life as a magistrate is really like, touching on the pressures, responsibilities and rewards of the work.

This new edition reflects the many changes introduced over recent years. These include revisions to the procedure for applying to become a magistrate and the training requirements; the introduction of the Criminal Procedure Rules, case management and other measures to reduce delay; the landmark Courts Act 2003; amendments to the Bail Act; and wholesale revision of the approach to sentencing.

The authors, one a deputy justices’ clerk, the other a serving magistrate, bring two different, but equally important, areas of experience and expertise to the work and explain complicated concepts in a straightforward manner, keeping legal jargon to a minimum.

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