Hawkins' Treatise of Pleas of the Crown

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A Treatise of Pleas of the Crown; or, a system of the principal matters relating to that subject, digested under proper heads is an influential treatise on the criminal law of England, written by William Hawkins, serjeant-at-law, and later edited by John Curwood, barrister. It was first published in 1716[1] and went through eight editions, the last[2] of which was published in 1824.

It is often cited as "Hawk.P.C." or some similar variation on this.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edward Hyde East, Treatise of Pleas of the Crown, 1803, page v, footnote
  2. ^ Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice, table of abbreviations gives date of last edition

External links[edit]

  • Eighth edition of this book (1824) from Google Books:
    • Volume 1 (Of criminal offences) [1]
    • Volume 2 (Of courts of criminal jurisdiction and the modes of proceeding therein) [2]