A Practical Approach to Road Traffic Law

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'I wish I had been in possession of this book when I was starting out…It contains a great deal of helpful advice for advocates including top tips on specific aspects of the job.' From the Foreword by Warby LJ.

For many people, their first and only encounter with the criminal law arises from their experience on the roads. Road traffic is one of the most frequently encountered areas of law in every-day criminal practice. It is wide-ranging, sometimes complex, and occasionally required in tragic circumstances.

This title draws together, in a simple and easy-to-use format, those aspects of road traffic work which most commonly arise in court practice. It explains how a case makes its way through the courts, setting out in detail the various offences and how to deal with them at every stage, including sentencing. In addition to explaining the relevant law and procedure, the authors provide advice on delivering persuasive and effective advocacy tailored to the nature of the case and the tribunal deciding the outcome.

Written by a combination of authors, drawn from both the solicitor and barrister arms of the legal profession, under the General Editorship of Susan Cavender and Alistair Haggerty of Guildhall Chambers, Bristol, this book is a handy courtroom guide for solicitors and barristers written in a style that will also assist the increasing number of people who choose to represent themselves in court.

Table of Contents

1. Survival guide
2. Definitions of a vehicle and a road 9
3. 'How to be legal'
4. Licences
5. Basic procedure
6. Journey of cases through the courts
7. Speeding
8. Acquisitive offences
9. Regulatory offences
10. Drink/drug driving
11. Careless driving
12. Dangerous driving
13. Wanton or furious driving
14. Dangerous driving causing serious injury
15. Causing death by dangerous driving or careless driving
16. Defences
17. Expert Reports
18. Opening a case for sentence
19. Mitigation
20. Special reasons, mitigating circumstances and exceptional hardship
21. Penalty points
22. Mandatory disqualification
23. Summary tables of road traffic offences
24. An introduction to goods vehicles
25. Taxis

Product details

Published 16 Feb 2023
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 256
ISBN 9781526521873
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Series Criminal Practice Series
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Susan Cavender

Susan Cavender specialises in a variety of areas o…


Alistair Haggerty

Alistair is a specialist criminal and regulatory a…

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