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Law as Last Resort: Prosecution Decision-Making in a Regulatory Agency

Law as Last Resort: Prosecution Decision-Making in a Regulatory Agency (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Hawkins, Keith

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This is a book about the life of the legal system. Its concern is legal decision-making, its focus the handling of prosecution cases in a regulatory agency. In almost all legal disputing formalities are employed as a last resort for a small proportion of cases. Case attrition is ...a constant feature in the legal system, whether criminal or civil, since extensive pre-trial negotiations search for solutions to problems that avoid the costs, risks, and delays of trial. This book analyzes the attrition of cases by studying decisions made about their creation, handling, disposal, and prosecution. Exploring these issues asks questions about the public face of law, the meaning of formal processes, and their impact on pre-trial legal manoeuvring. To prosecute is to enforce the law in both a public and a consequential way. In enforcing regulation prosecution visibly takes sides in the fundamental dilemma of regulatory control about how far law should justifiably intervene in business. Using extensive data collected over a fifteen-year period, and with privileged access to the UK Health and Safety Executive, the book presents a multi-level analysis of decisions about prosecution policy and individual cases in a variety of inspectorates.
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ISBN 9780199243891
Released AU 1 Feb 2003
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Oxford Socio-legal Studies
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ISBN-13 9780199243891
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 1 Feb 2003
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Hawkins, Keith
Series Oxford Socio-legal Studies
Category Courts & Procedure
Public Health & Safety Law
Environment Law
Criminal Law
Number of Pages 508
Dimensions Width: 139mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 27mm
Dewey Code 345.4205042
Weight 601g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Industrial safety, Law and legislation, England
NBS Text National Law: Professional
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly