A History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales by John Hostettler

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By John Hostettler

This fresh paintings charts all of the major advancements of felony justice in England, from the genesis of Anglo-Saxon 'dooms' to the typical legislation; struggles for political, legislative, and judicial ascendency; and the formation of the modern day legal Justice method and Ministry of Justice. among a wealth of issues, the publication seems to be on the Rule of legislations, the advance of the legal courts, police forces, the jury, justices of the peace, and person crimes and punishments. It locates the entire iconic occasions of criminal heritage and legislation and order inside a much broader historical past and context in a fashion that emphasizes the subject's wealth and intensity. Contents contain: Origins of felony Justice in Anglo-Saxon England • Saxon Dooms — Our Early legislation • The Norman impact and The Angevin Legacy • felony legislations in Medieval and Early glossy England • the typical legislations at risk • The Commonwealth • The Whig Supremacy and Adversary Trial • The Jury within the Eighteenth Century • Punishment and Prisons • 19th Century Crime and Policing • Victorian photos • A Century of felony legislations Reform • legal inability • A Revolution in approach • Early 20th Century • development after global conflict II • Twenty-First Century Regression? • the appearance of Restorative Justice • end • opt for Bibliography

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Alfred died in the year 899, aged 50, and was buried in Winchester, the burial place of the West Saxon royal family. LAWS OF KING EDWARD THE ELDER (901-924) Two series of laws issued by Edward the Elder, the son of Alfred, have survived. They do not replace the laws of earlier kings but they have a more coherent and logical form. In the first of his ordinances the king commanded his reeves to apply community law without fear or favour and to apply folkright. To avoid delay in justice every case was to have a date by which it was to be determined.

Considerable sums were payable to it by way of taxation and fines and, at times, it was itself made exempt from taxation imposed by the crown. As not all the Anglo-Saxon kings were steadfast in their religion there must have been strong pressure on them to assist the Church as a means of ensuring both stability in their nations and their own legitimacy. The second important feature is the attempt to replace the blood-feud with the payment of compensation for murder, violence causing injuries, cattle-rustling and other crimes.

Anyone sparing such a thief had to pay the thief ’s wergild which might be a severe penalty. Furthermore, witchcraft, sorcery and issuing deadly spells which were believed to result in death were made capital crimes. And a mere allegation might be fatal when the only mode of proof was the ordeal. People failing to attend court on three occasions were to pay a fine to the king for contempt. Innovative also was a law which established the tithing, whereby in every hundred men were grouped into units of ten with each such unit being held responsible for acts of wrongdoing by any member of it.

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