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The Importance of Law in Our Society

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Kate Finnin, Enh2 The Importance of Law in Our Society What is the importance of law today? In order to establish this we must first establish what the point of law is. Law and order is essential in all communities. In an orderly law-abiding community people can plan ahead, work in safety and do business in trust. In most modern societies order means stability. The guarantees of this order take place in the form of laws. Laws are rules and customs that the citizens of a community regard as binding upon them and can be enforced by the courts. Laws provide boundaries so that people realise where and when they are committing an offence. One of the principal objects of the law is to safeguard the rights of citizens, us. Our basic rights are what give us our freedom in daily life. The freedom of speech, the right to a fair trial, personal freedom etc, these are all outlined in the Republic of Irelands written constitution, which protects us, the people here today. ...read more.


They also pass certain laws that did not appear on the constitution, such as the smoking ban and divorce. Also marriages would not be legal if laws were not in place, I can tell there are a lot of divorced men out there who are hating the law right now, but there are many different aspects of the law that we just don't consider. The whole point of law isn't punishment; it's protection, be that physical, which is controlled by the Gardaí, or otherwise. Consumers, for instance are protected by acts such as The Consumers Information Act, which outlines the duties of the retailer to the consumer and The Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act, which outlines the consumers rights. Laws and acts against drugs and other substances did not originally appear on the constitution, but developed over time when problems increasingly arose. Many people don't believe the problems that drugs can cause and believe that laws should be passed so that they can become legal, i.e. ...read more.


One cannot finish a day without hearing about a crime. Each and every day a murder or an attack has been carried out or a group of houses or buildings have been broken into. Policemen and women return to work everyday and put their lives on the line in order to protect ours, but each day they get abused or mocked because certain people have lost faith in their legal system. Children are now being brought up to believe that the police are nothing but 'pigs'. The abusage of the law is at an all time high and unfortunately the people abusing the law fail to believe that they are forcing the need for it to be increased, quite literally, daily. If offenders would just realise that laws are necessary for the progression and production of a country then the need for the protection and sense of security obtained from the legal system would significantly decrease. I also find it quite ironic that the independence and way of living that so many people died for during, and for many centuries after, the Irish Revolution, is now being detested and rejected. It doesn't seem fair, does it? ...read more.

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