This text is an ideal introduction to the English legal system, perfect for pre-university or postgraduate conversion courses, and for those wanting to grasp the essentials before moving on to further study. The book provides a framework for understanding how the various elements of the legal system combine, interrelate and function at a time of considerable change and challenge. This new edition combines discussion of the most recent changes alongside added features to enhance students' understanding and learning of the key issues. The features are: an accessible introduction to the English legal system; chapter overviews and summaries highlight key points throughout the book; further reading and weblinks at end of each chapter encourage further research; progress tests throughout the text aid learning; and comprehensive glossary explains the key terms in this area of law. Features new to this edition are: incorporates the outcomes and effects of the Constitutional Reform Bill; expanded material on - Magistrates, Judges and the Courts; Criminal Justice Act 2003; Criminal Justice System; PACE codes. The features also include: examines recent developments in law reform and the Law Commission; and colour diagrams and actual forms help students visualise processes and structures, enabling quicker understanding and retention. A Companion Website updates to the book, advice on how to use law resources, approaches to the progress tests, weblinks, and lecturer resources including powerpoint slides and seminar activities. John Wheeler MA LLM BSc ACIB Cert Ed is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Surrey, Roehampton.