British - American Legal Terminology
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Eberhard Nietzer  Identity Verified
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Jul 21, 2009

I am looking for a book on differences between British and American legal terminology.
Does anybody know such a book?
Thank you for any information you can provide.


 

chica nueva
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Peter Collin 'Dictionary of Law Jul 21, 2009

Try Peter Collin 'Dictionary of Law‘ (is this the sort of thing you are after?):
http://www.infibeam.com/Books/info/P-H-Collin/Dictionary-of-Law/1579581552.html


[Edited at 2009-07-21 09:53 GMT]


 

Epameinondas Soufleros  Identity Verified
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Buy two dictionaries Jul 21, 2009

You can buy Oxford's Dictionary of Law, which focuses on British law, and also buy Merriam-Webster's dictionary of Law, which focuses on American law.

They are both also available for your PC. Have a loot at: http://www.ifinger.com/content/view/full/60?lf=0


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Black's Jul 21, 2009

The way to go in my opinion: http://www.proz.com/references/157

 

inmb  Identity Verified
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Black's and Oxford Jul 21, 2009

I use Black's for U.S. and Oxford Law Dictionary for U.K.

You can either buy a printed version or subscribe for online recources:
http://www.oxfordreference.com/pub/views/home.html


 

urbom
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No comparative work available, unfortunately Jul 21, 2009

There's no such comparative work available, as far as I am aware.

For US legal writing and terminology, the works of Bryan Garner are probably (collectively) the best source of information:
http://www.lawprose.org/bryan_garner/books.php

Of course the differences between US and English legal language go beyond simple terminology (e.g. antitrust law (US) = competition law (UK)).

For example, compare these "Model Criminal Jury Instructions" for US judges in California:
http://www.juryinstructions.ca8.uscourts.gov/crim_man_2009.pdf (see section 3)

with the specimen directions for judges in criminal trials in England & Wales:
http://www.jsboard.co.uk/downloads/specimendirections_oct08.doc

You might find some of the other reference materials on the Judicial Studies Board site to be of use:
http://www.jsboard.co.uk/


 


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