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What is a Law?. Law-rules and regulations made and enforced by government that regulate the conduct of people , within a society. Rules v. Laws. What is the difference between a rule and a law? What are examples of rules? School Home Clubs Teams. Why have laws?.

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what is a law

What is a Law?

Law-rules and regulations made and enforced by

government that regulate the conduct of people , within a society.

rules v laws
Rules v. Laws
  • What is the difference between a rule and a law?
  • What are examples of rules?
    • School
    • Home
    • Clubs
    • Teams
why have laws
Why have laws?
  • 1. Promote fairness
  • 2. Protect human rights
  • 3. Help resolve conflicts
  • 4. Promote order and stability
  • 5. Promote desirable social and economic behavior
  • 6. Represent the will of the majority
  • 7. Protect the rights of minorities
values that are the basis for laws
Values that are the basis for laws
  • Moral- deal with fundamental questions of right and wrong
  • Economic- accumulating, preservation, use and distribution of wealth
  • Political- reflect the relation between government and individuals
  • Social- issues that are important to us as a society
criminal laws v civil laws
Criminal Laws v. Civil Laws
  • Criminal laws
    • Regulate public conduct and set out duties owed to society. Legal action brought b y the government against a person charged with committing a crime.
    • Criminal laws have penalties and offenders are imprisoned, fined, placed under supervision, or punished in some other way
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Criminal Laws v. Civil Laws
  • Civil laws
    • Regulate relationships between individuals or groups of individuals. A civil action can be brought by a person who feels wronged or injured by another person.
    • Courts can award money for the loss or order the person who committed the wrong to make amends in some other way.
      • Examples of civil laws are marriage ,divorce, contracts, real estate, insurance and negligence.
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Criminal Laws v. Civil Laws
  • Felonies- penalty is a term of more than one year in prisons
  • Misdemeanors- penalty is a term of less one year or less in jail
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Criminal Laws v. Civil Laws
  • Parties involved in legal action
    • Criminal cases –Prosecutor (government) brings charges against the defendant
    • Civil Cases – Plaintiff files a lawsuit against the defendant
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Criminal Laws v. Civil Laws
  • Burden of Proof
    • Criminal-beyond a reasonable doubt (90% certain the accused committed the crime)
    • Civil- by a preponderance of the evidence (51% certain the accused is responsible)
  • Highest law in the land
  • Basic Framework of our government
  • Bill of Rights- 1st 10 amendments to the Constitution –defines and guarantees fundamental rights and liberties of all Americans
branches of government1
Branches of Government
  • Legislative- Constitutional lawmaking power- Congress passes laws (statutes)
  • Executive- assist in the enforcement of laws- president and federal agencies
  • Judicial- court rulings (precedents) have the effect of laws
legislative branch
Legislative Branch

Makes the Laws

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Legislative Branch

435 Members in the House of Representatives

100 members in the Senate

Makes the Laws

checks and balances
Checks and Balances
  • Separation of powers among the three branches of government
    • Designed to prevent one branch from becoming too powerful and abusing its power
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Checks and Balances
  • Important checks that affect lawmaking power:
    • Legislative - approve appointments of federal judges
    • Executive- veto power- reject a law
    • Judical – judicial review- declare laws unconstitutional
      • Enables a court to cancel any law passed by Congress or a state legislature if it conflicts with the nation's highest law
  • Division of power between states and federal government
  • Areas of federal lawmaking authority are listed in the Constitution
  • The remaining powers are delegated to the states.
limited government
Limited Government
  • Concept that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed
criteria for effective laws
Criteria for Effective Laws
  • Fair
  • Understandable to the Public
  • Enforceable
  • Expected to solve a problem