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LexisNexis Butterworths

Butterworths Road Traffic Service

ISBN 13: 9780406996541
ISBN: 0406996547
Publisher: LexisNexis Butterworths
Binding: Looseleaf
Price: £436.00
Subscription Type: Pay-as-you-go

New General Editor

The publishers are delighted to announce that Adrian Turner has agreed to take on the role of General Editor for Butterworths Road Traffic Service. His role includes writing for the Service, advising generally on its content, and preparing the monthly bulletins. Adrian Turner is a practising barrister, and an experienced legal editor and writer. He co-edits Stone's Justices' Manual and is consultant editor of the Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. He has also contributed to Halsbury's Laws and Atkin's Court Forms, among other works. He has a long standing interest in road traffic and transport.

Butterworths Road Traffic Service is a highly respected authority on all matters relating to road traffic offences and the relevant law. It has a uniquely practical approach because it deals with the subject offence by offence within specific divisions of the work. The work contains full details for each offence along with the appropriate precedent, statutory references and supporting case law. All the relevant statutes, statutory instruments and relevant parts of the Highway Code are included within the service. The title offers practical guidance on defences and mitigation, procedure, evidence, penalties and sentencing. The Magistrates' Association Sentencing Guidelines are reproduced in full and the law in Scotland is additionally supplied. The service includes monthly bulletins to keep your information fully complete and up-to-date. Two looseleaf volumes, four service issues approx. per year (invoiced separately on publication).


Binder One; Bulletins; Tables, Index; Part 1 - Driving Offences; Division A: Dangerous driving; Division B: Careless and inconsiderate driving; Division C: Drink and drugs impairment; Division D: Accident offences and Civil Liability; Division E: Proof of Driver Identity and/or Disqualification; Division F: Driving licences; Division G: Insurance; Division H: Taking and interference with vehicles; Division I: Traffic signs, traffic directions and excess speed; Division J: Obstruction and parking offences; Division K: Motorway driving; Division L: Pedestrian crossings; Division M: Passenger and personal safety; Part 2 - Vehicle Offences; Division N: Goods vehicles; Division O: Passenger vehicles; Division P: Vehicles registration and licensing; Division Q: Vehicle testing; Division R: Lighting requirements; Division S: Cycles and motor cycles; Division T: Vehicle size, loads, combinations and power; Division U: Brakes, steering and tyres; Division V: Vehicle equipment and instrumentation; Division W: Key concepts; Division X: Procedure; Division Y: Sentencing; Appendices; Binder Two Division 1: Statutes; Division 2: Statutory instruments


The Road Traffic Service with its updating has come into its own since its inception in 1991. The extensive amount of new road traffic legislation together with case law have necessitated regular updating issues. It has illustrated the value of a loose-leaf work in keeping the practitioner up to date in an area of law which is rapidly changing.

The loose-leaf format gives scope to the editors to make changes to the work as the needs of practitioners are identified. Since the work's inception, divisions have been added to broaden the contents.

It was decided originally to provide relevant statutes and regulations referred to in the main work by means of a Handbook and two editions have been printed. The editors and readers have found, however, that the amount of new legislation is such that the Handbook has quickly become out of date.

In the circumstances, the decision has now been made to issue a second volume of the Road Traffic Service to contain the statutes and regulations. This will allow the same regular updating which has found to be of such benefit with the main work.

The main work is organised in three parts. The first two parts deal with offences. The offences commented on are those which come before magistrates, sheriffs and judges every working day, with the test for inclusion being 'Is this offence prosecuted to a significant extent?' To ensure that the test was compiled use was made of Home Office and police statistics on prosecutions.

Offences in respect of the driver and his or her driving are dealt with in the first part of the Service and offences in respect of the vehicle in the second part. Each division deals with an area of offending and within the division relevant offences are given individual treatment. This way of dealing with offences has proved to be one of the strengths of the work allowing practitioners to find information quickly and easily. The contributors have endeavoured to identify the relevant law relating to each offence and arrange it in such a way that there is little need for cross-reference.

Each offence is dealt with using the same format. The commentary starts with information to assist prosecutors and courts, namely a precedent, offence code and statistics code. The actus reus and mens rea relating to the offence are considered followed by further commentary under the heading 'Defence and mitigation.' The contributors have dealt separately with statutory defences and have referred to other aspects of law or practice which have proved to be helpful to defence advocates. Almost all the offences have a commentary on 'Procedure and evidence' and specific law and practice relating to the sentencing for the particular offence are included under the heading 'Penalty.'

One of the earliest divisions taken in respect of the work was that it should deal not only with the law relating to England and Wales but also with the law relating to Scotland. Apart from wishing to serve a Scottish readership, Scotland represents a rich source of precedent and on some questions an alternative view of the law exists from which legal argument can be developed. The work is designed to clearly show where the law differs between the two jurisdictions and this is achieved either by a separate commentary' headed as such or by remarks in the main text.

Frequently featured in the commentary on offences a more comprehensive study of it may be found in Division W Key Concepts. This division together with Divisions X and Y dealing with procedure and sentencing make up the third and final part of the work.

Following the same format as was used in the Handbook, the second part of the Service provides statutes and regulations in chronological sequence. Every attempt is made by the editors to keep both parts of the Service to a manageable size and, therefore, some matters have had to be excluded. The decision whether to include reference to a case or to reproduce a piece of legislation must inevitably be a subjective one based primarily on the experience and knowledge of the editors. We are, however, always willing to consider arguments to include matters which readers would like to be included.

Malcolm Marsh


This is a particularly good publication for those who have an interest in Road Traffic, the loose-leaf service is the best that can be offered because law is such a living subject which changes daily. The books themselves contain all the material and case decisions you are likely to need with the added advantage of the monthly bulletin by Adrian Turner

Butterworths Police and Criminal Evidence Act Cases

Edited by Michael Cousens, Barrister; and The late Ruth M Blair, Barrister

Butterworths Police and Criminal Evidence Act Cases is a single volume looseleaf casebook on the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, designed to provide a comprehensive and regularly updated work which can be cited with confidence in court.

It contains accessible and reliable guidance to the PACE Act judgments and includes detailed introductions, full judgments and over 450 case summaries of all the important PACE cases, including previously unreported PACE cases.

A limp bound copy of the amended text of the Act, with revised Codes of Practice, also accompanies the service.

It has the benefits of a far-reaching bound volume but with the added advantage of being updated three times a year, making it a reliable, flexible reference source for the professional.

One looseleaf binder

Subscribers receive their first year’s updating issues as part of the purchase price (three service issues approx per year). Subscribers are then charged annually for subsequent updating.

Part I - Powers to Stop and Search

Part II - Powers of Entry, Search and Seizure

Part Ill - Arrest

Part IV - Detention

Part V - Questioning and Treatment of Persons by Police

Part VI - Codes of Practice

(N.B. Parts I-VI consist of: introduction; case summaries; and case reports)

Part VII - Documentary Evidence in Criminal Proceedings. Parts A-D contain sections 68 and 69 introductions and case summaries; Part E contains Case Reports.

Part VIII - Evidence in Criminal Proceedings.

Parts A-N contain introductions and case summaries for sections 73-78 of the Act; Part O contains Case Reports.

Part IX - Police Complaints and Discipline

Part X - Police - General

Part XI - Miscellaneous and Supplementary.

Part A - Introduction. Part B - Case Summaries.

Table of Cases.



How to use the looseleaf service

Butterworths Police and Criminal evidence Act is a comprehensive service, in looseleaf format to enable the removal of out-dated pages, the insertion of up-to-date pages and, when necessary, the supply of entirely new material. Replacement pages are issued regularly, and should be inserted according to the instructions which accompany them.

Inside the front cover of the binder there a plastic pocket containing the booklet of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and Codes of Practice. This is periodically updated as an issue of the main work and as such, supersedes the previous edition of the booklet.

Organisation of the text

The contents of the binder are organised into eleven parts, corresponding respectively with the first eight parts of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Each part is consecutively numbered and separated by a clearly named guide card.

The text within each part is further divided into paragraphs consecutively numbered from 1. Cross-references to a paragraph within a part are made to the paragraph number only; cross-references to a different part are made to the part and paragraph number. Thus, a reference to 101 refers to Part VII, paragraph 101. Case references can be found in the appropriate table and each part has a detailed and up-to-date contents list.

Keeping up-to-date

After inserting each issue, fill in the filing record card at the back of the binder. This will enable you to tell at a glance whether your set is up-to-date.

Refer to the Check List at the back of the binder to ensure that your copy is correctly filed. The Check List will tell you which pages should be in the work, together with the relevant issue number for each page or group of pages.


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