By J. R. Spencer
First released in 1940, R.M. Jackson's equipment of Justice in England lengthy has been proven because the vintage textual content at the topic, exceptional in its lucidity, breadth of therapy, and important engagement with the problems concerned. For this 8th variation, J.R. Spencer has undertaken an additional full-scale revision, incorporating such significant contemporary options because the Police and legal proof Act of 1984 and the Prosecution of Offences Act of 1985.
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Since 1967 there have been severe restrictions on the reporting of committal proceedings;2 these were enacted to prevent matters coming out which might unfairly prejudice potential jurors against die defendant. The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976 prevents the publication of die name of die alleged victim in a rape trial and die name of die defendant as well unless he is convicted. The Contempt of Court Act 1981 adds further restrictions. It empowers die court to order the press to wait before diey publish, so diat where, for example, a person pleads guilty to nineteen burglaries and not guilty to die twentiedi, die court may embargo a report of die guilty pleas until die contested case is over.
Special jurisdiction arises under statutes dealing with so many different subjects that there is no method of classification that helps in understanding it. The customary exposition is by arranging the subjects in alphabetical order and treating each of them separately. Fifty-nine such topics are listed in the County Court Practice for 1987. Some of them are comparatively unimportant, others - such as applications by business tenants for new leases - represent large amounts of litigation. Most areas of special jurisdiction receive some explanation in the County Court Practice, but some are too large to be intelligently treated in an omnibus work.
Its jurisdiction in civil matters is almost unlimited. Apart from a few special matters which by statute must be brought in a county court, the High Court can hear any case great or small, and can take any case that can come before a county court as well as everything that is outside county court limits. In practice, however, litigants are discouraged from taking small cases to the High Court and in practice it is only the weightier matters which are heard there. If, for instance, an action is begun in the High Court when it could have been brought in the county court, such as an ordinary trade debt, two things may happen.