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John Bell, Sophie Boyron, and Simon Whittaker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541393

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541393.001.0001

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Introduction: The Spirit of French Law

Introduction: The Spirit of French Law

(p.1) Introduction: The Spirit of French Law
Principles of French Law

John Bell

Oxford University Press

French law, like French culture, is distinctive. When legal systems are classified, the French and the English systems are not classified in the same family or group. English law is entered into the larger grouping of common law systems, while French law belongs to the loosely defined civil law systems. The distinctiveness of French law lies in the areas of values, legal procedure, the form of legal rules, and an attitude to law which is often described as a mentalité. The traditions of codification, legal education and judicial decision-making, as well as procedure in and out of court, all have a significant impact on the way a lawyer operates. France is a multi-jural society with a variety of legal cultures which have some similarities and differences.

Keywords:   legal values, legal procedure, legal rules, social model, France, English law

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