The Pursuit of Justice

Paperback | April 17, 2008

EditorWoolf, Christopher Campbell-Holt

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This book prints for the first time a collection of lectures and papers written and delivered by Lord Woolf since 1986, following his retirement in 2005 from the office of Lord Chief Justice and a judicial career that has covered part or all of the last four decades. The title The Pursuit ofJustice reflects Lord Woolf's determination to see that justice is done in the English courts. A key theme in the papers is that to do justice according to law the judiciary must deliver pragmatic decisions on the facts of each case by considering the justice of the case in question and the textof the law. This is in contrast to the traditional approach where judges looked to the letter of the statute and assumed a narrow application of the law would lead to justice or considered it was not their place to interfere. The papers cover developments that have occurred in a variety of legal areas, and which continue to be relevant in a changing world, including the rule of law and the constitution, the role of judges, access to justice, human rights, medicine, the environment, crime and penal reform, and legaleducation. Each paper discusses the challenges that have arisen in English common law in recent times and the way they have been solved or attempted to be solved to ensure that justice is done: so that arrests and searches are made properly; that there are fair hearings; readily available lawfulremedies; and the removal of unnecessary costs and delays. The Introduction provides a fresh insight into many of the changes that have occurred in the English legal system, changes that form the basis of the discussions in the papers, and provides an overall assessment of law reform in modernsociety. A conscious effort has been made to make this book as accessible as possible, not only to lawyers, but also to anyone concerned with the reform of the law. As such it will be of interest to legal specialists and the wider public. Law affects us all at some point in our lives, and it is on theprotection of law and order that civilised society depends.

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This book prints for the first time a collection of lectures and papers written and delivered by Lord Woolf since 1986, following his retirement in 2005 from the office of Lord Chief Justice and a judicial career that has covered part or all of the last four decades. The title The Pursuit ofJustice reflects Lord Woolf's determination...

Lord Woolf is former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales; currently Privy Councillor and non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong; Bencher of the Inner Temple; Member of Blackstone Chambers; Fellow, Council Chairman and Visiting Professor of Law, University College London. Christopher Campbell-Holt currently...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.13 inPublished:April 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199217092

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Prepared for the law...but not the politics" THE EASY CHARM OF HARRY WOOLF I liked this book because it has the easy charm and the depth of its subject, Harry Woolf, whose character comes out very clearly in the work, so well structured by Christopher Campbell-Holt. I liked Lord Woolf when I met him some years ago at a prize-giving at the University of London, and I can see much of his personal motivation and thought shining though in this excellent set of essays which all law students should read before their exams. The layout of the book places his lectures and writings in their context and gives a valuable glimpse into the world of top judges and the tremendous issues which confront them with their work. I do associate Lord Woolf with the Human Rights Act for which he will always be closely linked, and for his strong support for the need to be tough on the causes of crime itself. And I will forever thank him for the Civil Procedure Rules which will be his legacy I came away from reading the essays with the view that his pursuit of justice is based on the need for long term policies which are constructive with solutions to sentencing inflation and prison overcrowding, the responsibility for which has to be laid at the politicians' doorstep. Woolf has talked about a residual power concerning human rights 'which may not need to be an intrusion' when thinking about such issues, and it is his balance in the pursuit of justice in areas such as this which shines throughout the book. It is a great read for the budding jurisprudent and legal philosopher.
Date published: 2008-11-09

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Part 1. IntroductionPart 2. The Rule of Law and the ConstitutionThe Rule of Law and a change in the Constitution Squire Centenary Lecture, delivered at the University of Cambridge, 3 March 2004A new constitutional consensus Delivered at the University of Hertfordshire, 10 February 2005Magna Carta: Precedent for recent constitutional change Delivered at Royal Holloway, University of London, Surrey, 15 June 2005The Rule of Law and the development of a modern economy Delivered in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, 7 September 2005Part 3. Public Law and Judicial ReviewDroit public - English style Mann lecture, delivered at Lincoln's Inn, 15 November 1994Tax and judicial review Delivered to the King's College Tax Research Unit, 19 March 1992Judicial Review - the tensions between the Executive and Judiciary Neill lecture, delivered at the University of Oxford, 6 November 1997Part 4. Human RightsThe impact of human rights Delivered at The Oxford Lyceum, 6 March 2003Human Rights and minorities Delivered at Melbourne, Australia, 13 April 2003Should the media and the judiciary be on speaking terms? Delivered at the 8th RTE/UCD Law Faculty Lecture, Dublin, 22 October 2003Part 5. Environmental LawAre the judiciary environmentally myopic? 4th Annual Garner Lecture, printed in (1992) 4(1) Journal of Environmental LawThe courts role in achieving environmental justice Printed in (2002) Environmental Law Review 79Environmental risk: the responsibilities of the law and science David Hall Memorial Lecture, delivered at the Environmental Law Foundation, 2001Environmental law and sustainable development The Needs Assessment Meeting for the Chief Justices of the Arab Countries on Training of Judges and other Legal Stakeholders in the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt and the United Nations Environmental Programme, delivered in May 2004Part 6. Medical LawMedicine and the courts Meeting of the Medico-Legal Society, delivered at the Royal Society of Medicine, 14 June 1990Are the courts excessively deferential to the medical profession? 1st Provost's Lecture, delivered at University College London, 17 January 2001Part 7. Access to JusticeAccess to Justice The Bentham Club Presidential Address, delivered at University College London, 1994Access to Justice: Final Report Published 1996Woolf urges medical negligence case reform The Samuel Gee Lecture, delivered at the Royal College of Physicians of London, 13 May 1997Part 8. PrisonsThe Strangeways Prison Report (Extract) Published 1991The Woolf Report: A decade of change? Published 31 January 2001Part 9. Criminal LawA justice system that the community owns Criminal Justice Serving the Community Conference, delivered at the QE II Conference Centre, Westminster, London, 7 July 2003Do we need a new approach to penal policy? Mishcon Lecture, delivered at University College London, 22 April 2004Making sense of sentencing The Sir Leon Radzinowicz Lecture, delivered at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, 12 May 2005Part 10. JudiciaryThe international role of the judiciary 13th Commonwealth Law Conference in conjunction with the 33rd Australian Legal Convention, delivered in Melbourne, Australia, 16 April 2003Current challenges in judging The 5th Worldwide Common Law Judiciary Conference, delivered in Sydney, Australia, 10 April 2003Part 11. Legal EducationThe education, the justice system requires today Upjohn Lecture, delivered at the Inns of Court School of Law, 14 June 2000Part 12. International Legal SystemsAll Africa Conference on Law, Justice and Development Delivered in Abuja, Nigeria, 6 February 2003Part 13. EndingFarewell Printed in (2005) 61(8) Magistrate 231Valedictory Address Delivered at Court 4, Royal Court of Justice, 29 July 2005