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The Purpose of Law Essay

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What is the purpose of law? The subject of law is a very interesting and complicated one and many questions have arisen regarding it; The most common being what exactly the purpose is; What is the law there to do? A lot of people have different opinions and views regarding the purpose of law, its philosophy and its relevancy. In order to better answer the topic question I must go back to the original history of law and how it first started and then I might be better able to answer it. The formal system of law originated over 800 years ago as a way to settle disputes over feuding citizens and lords in addition to formally and bureaucratically trialling accused felons of their crimes and punish them effectively. This ancient courts included the modern day equivalent of judges called 'wandering justices', the wandering justices in order to fulfil their physical and bureaucratic duties go to various places of dispute; resolve the dispute then they make a record of the cases and the decisions ...read more.


or from our peers (civil law). The law also to most critics has nothing to do with justice and is simply a bureaucratic method of punishment and detainment. We have seen a lot of stories in the news of families of murdered or severely brutalised people being irritated at the law for not delivering a harsh enough punishment to the perpetrators of the heinous crimes and stating 'It's simply not fair!'. Their minds are clouded with hate and grief, that they feel like the law is not doing enough for them; the families of the victims. What they don't understand is that the system of law is now becoming more and more utilitarian in sentencing, so the sentences are not just there simply for the typical 'an eye for an eye' retributional causes; The sentence is also for the development of the perpetrator and the government are trying to rehabilate them and prepare them for re-entrance to society, this is a humane and cost effective way to deal with criminals, instead of the traditional draconian methods of execution or imprisonment until death. ...read more.


It defends peoples rights and obliges their responsibilities and the dignifying thing about law is that just as Atticus Finch said in the Harper Lee classic 'To kill a mockingbird', "there is only one human institution where all men are truly equal, and that is in the court of law", sadly this fact of law applies to criminals and felons but thankfully it also applies to thousands of people who could have been potentially falsely imprisoned due to the immediate assumption that they were guilty or for the frank severity of their crimes. This bilateral fairness which allows both parties to state their case without prejudice and for all accused people to be considered innocent until proving guilty beyond reasonable doubt is true testimony to the evolution and growth of our system of law and makes us the envy of less human rights cautious countries and makes Britain the nation it is today. ?? ?? ?? ?? Olawale Sanni - Law Essay ...read more.

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