British - American Legal Terminology
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Eberhard Nietzer  Identity Verified
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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.


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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?):

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


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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:


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

The way to go in my opinion:


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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:


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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:

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: (see section 3)

with the specimen directions for judges in criminal trials in England & Wales:

You might find some of the other reference materials on the Judicial Studies Board site to be of use:


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