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By Patrick Polden

The 1st full-length account of the institution of the County courtroom in England and Wales in 1846 and its paintings, via to its reconstruction in 1971. It strains its improvement from being mostly a debt assortment employer to its a long way wider jurisdiction this present day because the major discussion board for civil disputes. Drawing on quite a lot of resources, the writer describes its association and officials and discusses the jobs of attorneys and lay individuals. Given the present controversy over entry to justice, it is a well timed new historical past.

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Cornish and G. de N. Clark, Law and Society in England, 1750±1950 (London, 1989), pp. 483±512, summarise the leading developments in tort law. C. W. Brooks, Interpersonal Con¯ict and Social Tension: Civil Litigation in England, 1640±1830, in A. L. ), The First Modern Society (Cambridge, 1989), pp. 357±99 at 390. N. McKendrick, The Consumer Revolution of 18th Century England, in N. McKendrick, J. Brewer and J. H. Plumb, The Birth of a Consumer Society (London, 1982), pp. 9±33. The making of the new county courts 7 10 they default.

Vol. 65, cols. 224±41. , col. 1182. On the background to the Bankruptcy Act see C. S. Bowen, Progress in the Administration of Justice in the Victorian Period, in Select Essays in Anglo-American Legal History, Vol. I (London, 1907), pp. 516±57 at 543±8 and Lester, Victorian Insolvency, pp. 61±3. , vol. 68, col. 973. On the government's indecisiveness see LO 26 (1843), 18. 147 Ironically, however, the consuming passion for tinkering with the affairs of bankrupts and insolvent debtors which had regularly elbowed aside the demand for local courts at last set in motion the chain of events which swept them into existence.

18, col. 1123. A. S. Turberville, The House of Lords in the Age of Reform, 1784±1837 (London, 1958), pp. 215±16. , vol. 24, col. 870. , pp. 218, 334. In 1835 Peel's and Lyndhurst's opposing views on the role of a parliamentary opposition brought them into open con¯ict: Turberville, House of Lords, pp. 356±9. For a more favourable view of Lyndhurst's approach see D. Lee, Lyndhurst: the Flexible Tory (1994). 112 Ibid. Quarterly Review 126 (1860), 1±61 at 27. 114 Lyndhurst resolved to rescue his reputation on the third reading and word went round that there would be an all-out contest between two of the greatest orators of the day.

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