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"The law is impartial and exists to protect the rights of individuals and society without favour or prejudice." - To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

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The Law. "The law is impartial and exists to protect the rights of individuals and society without favour or prejudice." - To what extent do you agree with this opinion? Our world is far from perfect, everyday more and more crimes occur - robberies, muggings, rape, assaults and sometimes even murder. There is no doubt that some sort of control is necessary, any society or group of people has its own set of rules in order to control the behaviour of individuals. These rules are rules which define what is right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable. Laws exist to promote social order, establish justice, protect property rights, establish moral standards and give legal status to authorities. Laws are primarily to keep people safe and make our society a better place to be in, but do they always fulfil this function? Does it really provide protection for individuals? Does it protect the rights of individuals and societies? ...read more.

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However, not all laws are entirely for the benefit of the working class. It is obvious that many laws are there to protect everyone, laws concerning stealing, assault etc. For a legal system to be effective, any law must have the majority support of the population, otherwise they would have no use. If this statement is to be believed, then law must be for the protection and rights in society and people must agree with it surely? Another argument would be that law is pointless, as it is not always obeyed by numerous individuals. Although, it is impossible to control the actions of every person on our planet and no method could be 100% successful in preventing crime. Respect for the law will exist if it is regarded as reasonable. If a law is thought unreasonable, pressure for change will develop. Law is usually a compromise between different views and is often open to interpretation. ...read more.

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As with everything, the law will improve over time and become more and more efficient, the law will change according to opinions and attitudes of our population. Pressures for change can come in various ways: - New knowledge may make changes possible or necessary. - It may come from changing attitudes and values. - People may campaign about laws that they do not agree with. - Events may cause a panic amongst the public and therefore society would demand new laws. - Campaigns may be supported or encouraged by media. - Structure of society may change over time and make new laws necessary. - Changes in opinions or attitudes of other countries reported in the media may affect our laws. - Dominant groups, particularly political parties that have an agenda for change may come into power and enforce these changes. Over time, as more and more changes are made our law and justice system should gradually improve and eventually be as effective as possible in protecting the rights of individuals and society without favour or prejudice. Kerry Phillips. 01/10/04. 12.9. General Studies. 1 Mrs Carr. The Law. ...read more.

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