Law (Political Science)

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  • A set of rules that proscribe or permit interrelationships among people and organizations, provide procedures for ensuring the fair treatment of people, and prescribe punishments for those who do not follow these established rules. A law is also the document that sets forth the rules governing conduct.

    Law is determined by the state and can be classified in a number of ways. It can be classified according to its origin: common or statutory. Common law derives from earlier judicial decisions. Statutory laws are written rules established by an act of legislature, which are either signed by the executive or passed over the executive's veto by the legislature.

    Law can also be classified according to class: civil (or private) or criminal (or public). Civil law is a body ...

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