Unit A Business Law. Essential Standard 1.00 Understand concepts of the legal system, trial procedures, and ethics. . Objective 1.00 Understand ethics, origins, and structure of the legal system. Ethics rules used to determine the difference between right and wrong
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Essential Standard 1.00
Understand concepts of the legal system,
trial procedures, and ethics.
Understand ethics, origins, and
structure of the legal system
rules used to determine the difference between right and wrong
Origins of Ethics
examines whether the action will cause the greatest good for the greatest number of people
The Golden Rule
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
Consequential Ethical Reasoning
alternative ways to change the current situation
evaluates each alternative
generates the greatest good
Rule Based Ethical Reasoning
fundamental ethical rule
either a recognized authority or human reasoning
acts themselves are judged as right or wrong
Ethics as Reflected in U. S. Laws and the U. S. Constitution
laws are judged to be right or good when they affect the majority of the people in a positive manner.
principles by which its government operates
adopted or amended
constitutional law is madewhen the court interprets it
U. S. Constitution
main instrument for allocating powers between the people and their governments. Bill of Rights.
Power between the federal and state governments
Tenth Amendment acknowledges sovereignty for all states to govern their citizens with their respective borders.
English Common Law
result of custom-based laws being unified by courts in England.
act of a legislature that declares, prescribes, or commands something
specific law, expressed in writing.
local statutes or laws are usually called "ordinances.“
based on an appealed cases
appellate court issues a ruling based on their decision
new rules in deciding the appealed case
sets precedence for similar future cases.
body of rules created by government agencies.
(Ex. Federal Communications Commission)
A System of Checks and Balances
This system was set up to ensure that no single branch exceeded it’s authority when making laws, statutes or decisions that may be in violation of the U. S. Constitution.
consists of the U. S. Senate and the U. S. House of Representatives.
consists of the President and the Vice President, of the United States.
consists of the U. S. Supreme Court
decides on the constitutionality of any statute passed by the legislative branch.
may decide if an action or decision by the Executive branch exceeds the powers granted under the Constitution.
If so, this action or decision is void.
Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
mission is to uphold the law through the investigation of violations of federal criminal statutes.
divided into five functional areas:
Criminal Law Enforcement
Investigative and Operational Support
Law Enforcement Services
Direction, Control, and Administration
United States Marshal Service
apprehend federal fugitives
protect the federal judiciary
operate the Witness Security Program
transport federal prisoners
seize property acquired by criminals through illegal activities.
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
mission is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States.
Department of Homeland Security
mission is to:
prevent terrorist attacks within the United States
reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorism
minimize the damage, and assist in the recovery, from terrorist attacks that do occur within the United States.
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI)
division of the N.C. Department of Justice
assists local law enforcement with criminal investigations
North Carolina State Highway Patrol
reduce collisions and make the highways as safe as possible
active patrol and enforcement of N. C. State statutes and laws for motor vehicle operation
N.C. Sheriff Departments (by county or jurisdiction)
responsible for the courts of the State
acting as their bailiff and marshal
administers and executes criminal and civil justice and acts as the ex officio detention officer for the jail.
Police Departments (local)
within the corporate limits of their city or jurisdiction and one mile outside these limits
same powers that are vested to all officers by statute and common law, to enforce the laws and statutes of the State of N. C.