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MARTIAL LAW CAN BE defined as the imposition of rule over civilians by military authorities during an emergency. A broader definition comes from the British Wikipdia reference: “Martial law is instituted most often when it becomes necessary to favor the activity of military authorities and organs, usually for urgent unforeseen needs, and when the normal institutions of justice either cannot function or could be deemed too slow or too weak for the new situation, i.e. due to war or civil disorder, in occupied territory, or after a coup d'etat. The need to preserve the public order during an emergency is the essential goal of martial law. Usually martial law reduces some of the personal rights ordinarily granted to the citizen, limits the length of the ...

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