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Robert J. McKeever

The United States Supreme Court is an important, exciting and controversial institution. While lawyers and academics fiercely debate how and why the Supreme Court makes its decisions, for most Americans it is the decisions themselves that matter. This is hardly surprising given the fact that the Court often has the last word on the great political controversies of the day. We begin therefore with an examination of the Supreme Court’s contemporary agenda: after a brief overview of the Court’s past agendas, we identify the major questions of public policy

in The United States Supreme Court
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Andrew Brown and Graeme Small

II: THE COURT With the exception of a very small number of high-status guests and relatives, the many men and fewer women who attended court were there to serve the prince and enjoy his favour. 1 Some attended on a regular basis, the terms of their service set out in the household ordonnances [ 4 , 6 ]. Others were occasional

in Court and civic society in the Burgundian Low Countries c.1420–1530
Language, immigration and consequences for justice
Author: Kate Waterhouse

For the uninitiated, the Irish District Court is a place of incomprehensible, organised chaos. This detailed account of the court’s criminal proceedings, based on an original study that involved observing hundreds of cases, aims to demystify the mayhem and provide the reader with descriptions of language, participant discourse and procedure in criminal cases. The book also captures an important change in the District Court: the advent of the immigrant or the Limited-English-proficient (LEP) defendant. It traces the rise of these defendants and explores the issues involved in ensuring access to justice across languages. It also provides an original description of LEP defendants and interpreters in District Court proceedings, ultimately considering how they have altered the District Court as an institution and how the characteristics of the District Court affect the ability of limited English proficient defendants to access justice at this level of the Irish courts system.

Strangers, foes or friends?
Philip Norton

Whereas Chapter 2 addressed a hierarchy of principles (parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law), here we address institutional relationships. The creation of the UK supreme court in 2009, replacing the appellate committee of the House of Lords as the nation’s highest court, raised the issue of the relationship between this new distinct body and the other elements of the constitutional system – the executive and Parliament. How has the relationship of the court to each other element changed in recent years? Three models have been developed that provide a

in Governing Britain
Kate Waterhouse

1 Introducing the District Court Within the court itself, no room. Three hard benches, and the unlucky ones line the walls. It gets too hot, too cold, too stuffy, too noisy, too quiet. Even the gardai1 don’t know how to use the microphones. The Justice is irritated. Justice is flawed. The solicitor arrives late. Justice is delayed. The lists are long and the bailsmen have to come back the next day. People don’t know what to do and other people are too busy to help them. Tempers flare, spirits flag, and the long hopeless grind grinds on. McCafferty (1981

in Ireland’s District Court
Mark Bailey

Introduction The abundant records of manor courts represent the single most important source for the study of English local society in the Middle Ages, and offer unique and highly detailed information relating to a wide range of subjects. Consequently, studies of court rolls have a long and distinguished pedigree, and in recent years the methods deployed by historians to

in The English manor c.1200–c.1500
Edward Ashbee

about procedures when an individual is facing criminal charges, or does the phrase imply that there may be limits upon the types of law or legal processes that can be introduced? What approaches should judges adopt in deciding these matters? Should words and phrases be understood in a narrow, literal way? Or should they be understood in terms of their broader implications? Should judges pay heed to earlier court rulings or should they feel unrestrained by precedent? Of course, the commonly accepted meaning of

in US politics today (fourth edition)
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Property, place and play
Louise A. Jackson and Angela Bartie

3 The juvenile court: property, place and play The Children Act 1908 established the principle that juvenile courts should deal with those aged 7–16 (raised to 8–17 in 1932), as separate hearings from those associated with adult criminal justice, and with the aim of adopting an ethos oriented towards social welfare. Children in need of care or protection were dealt with alongside those accused of offences, terms such as ‘conviction’ and ‘sentence’ were avoided, and the child’s ‘welfare’ should be regarded in all cases. However, the form that juvenile courts took

in Policing youth
David Coast

Chapter 4 . Rumour in court politics Introduction M any of the rumours that circulated around the kingdom began life as attempts to manipulate the perceptions of the King. Occasions on which individuals tried to shape the King’s policies with dramatic reports about the Spanish match or the threat of invasion were comparatively rare, however. What role did more routine rumours about goings on at court play in politics, and what role, if any, did observers at the periphery play in shaping day-to-day politics at the centre? A consideration of these issues

in News and rumour in Jacobean England
Law and patriarchy in the Anglo-American world, 1600–1800

Women before the court: Law and patriarchy in the Anglo-American World, 1600–1800 is a ground-breaking study of women in Britain and British America. Drawing from archival sources from both sides of the Atlantic, it offers an innovative, comparative approach to the study of women’s legal rights during a formative period of Anglo-American law. It traces how colonists transplanted English legal institutions to America, examines the remarkable depth of women’s legal knowledge, and shows how the law increasingly undermined patriarchal relationships between parents and children, masters and servants, and husbands and wives. While in the seventeenth century these relationships had been defined by mutual obligations of authority and submission, the economic and legal developments of the eighteenth century gave women increasing opportunities to break the patriarchal mould. This book will be of interest to scholars of Britain and colonial America, students of legal history and to laypeople interested in how women navigated and negotiated the structures of authority that governed them in the past. It is packed with fascinating (and sometimes shocking) stories that women related to the courts in cases ranging from murder and abuse to debt and estate litigation. This study adds a valuable contribution to our understandings of law, power and gender in the early modern world.