What Is Law?


Law is a body of rules that people in a community must follow. These laws are made by the government and people who break them can be fined or put in jail.

A legal principle called stare decisis, which means “to stand by what has been decided,” is used to enforce these laws. This is especially true in common law jurisdictions, where court decisions are based on earlier cases.

Various types of law are made to regulate behavior in society, including criminal law and tax laws. These can be set up by a government, through legislation, or through decrees and regulations made by the executive.

The word law comes from the Latin term legitimus, which means “lawful.” It refers to rules that are made by a group of people or a country’s government and must be followed by all members.

It also refers to the profession of lawyers and judges. Lawyers help people understand the law and defend their rights in courts.

Law is an important part of a society’s culture, and it must change over time to keep up with the needs of people. Many different theorists have given different views on the purpose of law, but most agree that it is a way to make sure everyone has justice in their society.

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