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THE CRIMINAL LAW.
A CONCISE EXPOSITION OF THE NATURE OF CRIME,
THE LAW OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE,
TABLE OF OFFENCES, THEIR PUNISHMENTS AND STATUTES :
TABLES OF CASES, STATUTES, &c.
SEYMOUR F. HARRIS, B.C.L., M.A. (Oxon.), AUTHOR OF “A CONCISE DIGEST OF THE INSTITUTES OF GAIUS AND JUSTINIAN.”
REVISED BY THE AUTHOR
OF THE INNER TEMPLE, AND OF THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT, BARRISTER-AT-LAW.
WILLIAM BARBER, ESQ., Q.C.,
PRESIDENT OF THE
JURISPRUDENCE DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL SCIENCE CONGRESS, 1883;
REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY AT THE INNS OF COURT,
IN THE EXPOSITION OF THE LAW
IS NOT CONFINED TO ANY ONE SECTION OF LEGAL SCIENCE.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
The appearance of a new work on the Criminal Law may demand a few words of explanation. Many treatises dealing with this subject are already in existence. Why another ? A mere enumeration of the modern standard authors will disclose the want of a manual which neither confines itself to the historical and philosophical view of the matter, nor descends into the minute particulars of the practice of the law. To mention those that are best known:-“ Russell on Crimes” is contained in three bulky volumes, and has little concern with criminal procedure. Archbold's and Roscoe's Criminal Practice, entering into every detail, are designed for the reference of the practitioner, when points actually present themselves. The modern commentaries founded on those of Blackstone stray into historical disquisitions which are apt to envelop the existing law in obscurity; and, besides, the Criminal Law is contained in one of four volumes. Sir James Fitzjames Stephen's “General View of Criminal Law” does not profess to be an exposition of the offences and criminal procedure of our country: it has quite another object.
It seems, then, that there is scope for a comparatively small treatise concerning itself with the nature of crimes, the various offences punished by the law, and the proceedings which are instituted to secure that punishment. Such a work is calculated to meet the requirements of the young practitioner, who, in the first instance, wants a general introduction to the subject. It is also designed for the use of students, especially those preparing for the final examination of the Incorporated Law Society. To such, as well as to the general reader, it is hoped that the present undertaking will commend itself.