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Essays in Criminal Law in Honour of Sir Gerald Gordon$
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James Chalmers and Fiona Leverick

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640706

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640706.001.0001

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Sir Gerald Gordon: An Appreciation

Sir Gerald Gordon: An Appreciation

(p.1) 1 Sir Gerald Gordon: An Appreciation
Essays in Criminal Law in Honour of Sir Gerald Gordon

Christopher Gane

Edinburgh University Press

Nobody who knows anything about the criminal law of Scotland is unaware of the name of Sir Gerald Gordon, and no one reading this book can be in any doubt about the significance of Sir Gerald Gordon's contribution to criminal law and criminal justice in Scotland. But even those who are familiar with these branches of the law of Scotland may be forgiven for overlooking the sheer range of that contribution dating back more than fifty years. This chapter looks back at the condition of Scots criminal law, and especially its literature, prior to the publication of his Criminal Law and his assumption of the editorship of Renton and Brown's Criminal Procedure According to the Law of Scotland. It also examines the reaction to these works, especially the former, in the academy and amongst the legal profession.

Keywords:   Scots criminal law, legal scholarship, criminal justice, Scotland

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