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NEW Essential Magistrates’ Courts Law Paperback - 9 October 2019

by Howard Riddle CBE and Judge Robert Zara


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Paperback |  ISBN 9781909976689 |  Due 9 October 2019200 pages | Publisher Waterside Press

Book description

In this concise book the authors distil their vast knowledge and experience of magistrates’ courts for the benefit all those needing a speedy and targeted point of reference on key aspects of the relevant law, whether as newcomers, legal advisers, justices of the peace or criminal practitioners. Hugely informed and presented in an accessible format, it contains invaluable information and explanations of the central laws, procedures and practices of these courts.

The legal framework of summary justice has changed comprehensively in the past ten to 15 years including in terms of evidence, procedure, guidelines, sentencing, judicial training and the fair but efficient expedition of cases. The book is designed to complement these developments as well as modern-day aspects of case management.

Destined to become a staple of the modern-day magistrates’ court.
Gathers radically-changed core information in one place.
Sets out key laws in a manageable and readable way.


‘Howard Riddle and Robert Zara have effectively produced a must-read for any judge, magistrate or lawyer practising in the magistrates’ courts. This book will become the reference book to carry to court … We thoroughly recommend it to all new judges, deputies and magistrates’— Emma Arbuthnot, Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) for England and Wales; John Bache, Chairman of the Magistrates Association; Duncan Webster, Chairman, Magistrates’ Leadership Executive.


The authors are leading experts on the law, procedure and practice of magistrates’ courts with unrivalled practical experience and involvement in the system of summary justice. Howard Riddle was Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) for England and Wales from 2010–2016 and is a law tutor and former practitioner in a legal aid firm of solicitors in East London. He was awarded the CBE for services to the administration of justice in 2018. Judge Robert Zara is a former solicitor who also worked in a law centre in Coventry before setting-up his own high street legal aid firm. From 2006–2009 he was the designated judge in charge of the Community Justice Court in Birmingham; and among other related involvements has also served for some years as a tutor for the Judicial College.

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