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By Gary Slapper

ISBN-10: 0415816343

ISBN-13: 9780415816342

How the legislation Works is a refreshingly transparent and trustworthy advisor to the felony process within the united kingdom. supplying attention-grabbing and finished assurance, it is sensible of the entire curious positive aspects of the legislation in daily existence and in present affairs.

Explaining the legislations and felony jargon in simple English, it offers an obtainable access element to the differing kinds of legislation and criminal ideas, in addition to the impression of eu legislation and human rights legislation. as well as explaining the position of judges, attorneys, juries and parliament, it clarifies the mechanisms at the back of felony and civil law.

How the legislations Works is key interpreting for a person imminent legislation for the 1st time, or for somebody who's drawn to an interesting creation to the subject’s larger picture.

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For example, in the case of Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza, the Supreme Court interpreted the phrase ‘husband and wife’ in the Rent Act 1977, to include cohabiting same-sex couples so as to ensure that they had the same succession rights as married heterosexual couples. This interpretation brought the Rent Act 1977 in line with Article 8 (the right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. In recent history, from even before the Human Rights Act, the constitutional clash between the judiciary and Parliament has manifested itself in several battles between the senior judiciary and government ministers.

Christopher Shute, a 30-year-old factory worker, was killed when he fell into a vat of hot paint and drowned while working in unsafe conditions at the Ford factory in Southampton. The company was fined for what the judge called an ‘entirely unnecessary’ death but it was not prosecuted for manslaughter. The first case was in February 1965. The second was in August 2000. Between the two cases, over 36,000 people were killed at work or in commercially related disasters like train crashes. Management failures were responsible in most cases, yet only five companies were convicted of manslaughter during that time.

In particular, the court heard that Mr Berry had not been provided with adequate fall-arrest equipment or crawling boards and had not received any training on roof work. 31 Judge Gilbart QC ordered the company to pay the £480,000 fine in four annual instalments by September 2015, and also ordered it to pay £84,000 towards the prosecution costs, this sum to be paid within two years. The Importance of Law So why have there been so few prosecutions when there is strong prima facie evidence that many cases of corporate manslaughter could be brought each year?

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