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Laws are the rules for public and private conduct as determined by a given culture - these will usually be divided between statute law (those rules deliberately decided upon by government and formally enacted) and common (or traditional) law which is derived from long established custom (including the requirements of a dominant religion if applicable) or from precedents established by judges to fill gaps in the existing code. Law may also be divided between those regulating the behaviour of individuals with regard to the state (criminal law) and those dealing with relation and dispute between individuals (civil law).

Among other things, laws dictate which acts are legal and which are crimes, as well as what forms of punishment the accused might be subjected to.

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Basic Concepts at Law:

Codes of Law:

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Forms of Trial and other exercises of Law:


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