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Book review | Blackstone’s Magistrates’ Court Handbook 2012

Andrew Keogh Oxford University Press, 2012, £44.95 ISBN: 978-0199665624

10 June 2012

The art of advocacy is all in the preparation: research the law including the maximum sentence, guidelines and whether they can be tried by magistrates’ or Crown Courts. Know your case inside and out, and all the evidence. Or simply bluff it.

This relatively short book will not help you do that but it will help you prepare. It is not cheap and relies heavily on cross references to the main and much more expensive Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. However, it is easy and quick to use. It has the feel of one of those travel guidebooks to foreign parts. It is small but just too big to fit easily into your pocket and not big enough to look like a full textbook. It also has the look of a diary about it. You know the thing, with pages of useful information and a space to write useful telephone numbers on the front inside cover, such as police, courts, prison and the defence call centre. You could add your own, such as the loc...

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