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The Origins of Adversary Criminal Trial


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Introduction 1: The Lawyer-Free Criminal Trial 2: The Treason Trials Act of 1696: The Advent of Defense 3: The Prosecutorial Origins of Defense Counsel 4: The Law of Criminal Evidence 5: From Altercation to Adversary Trial

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Winner of the Order of the Coif Book Award

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John H. Langbein is Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History at Yale Law School. He teaches and writes in four fields: trust and estate law, pension and employee benefit law, Anglo-American and European Legal History, and Modern Comparative Law.


`Review from previous edition "...an extraordinarily interesting book, based on deep research and advanced in a remarkably cogent fashion"' TLS Deeply researched, The Origins of Adversary Criminal Trial will remain the standard reference work on the history of the English criminal trial for years to come. It is a must read not only for legal historians but for every practitioner active in the criminal courts. `"...informative and stimulating..."' TLS `... this book consolidates and expands numerous important themes that Langbein has done so much to develop in an exceptionally clear and systematic way. It will be essential reading for anybody who wishes to understand the procedural dynamic that underpinned the changing face of the eighteenth century English criminal trial.' The Cambridge Law Journal `Professor Langbein's latest book helps to complete a picture that has been built up in his previous work and enhances his reputation as a leading, if not the leading, historian of Anglo-American and European legal procedures.' British Journal of Criminology `... a fascinating account of how the adversary criminal trial came about.' British Journal of Criminology `... here at last is a clear, convincing and authoritative account of how the English adversary criminal system came into being. The sources are well marshalled to create a most readable text.' British Journal of Criminology `... an immensely stimulating read and draws together the threads of a body of work which has helped transform our understanding of eighteenth century criminal procedure.' Law Quarterly Review `John H. Langbein has written an extraordinarily interesting book, based on deep research and advanced in a remarkably cogent fashion.' H. T. Dickinson, Times Literary Supplement `... informative and stimulating.' H. T. Dickinson, Times Literary Supplement

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