• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Purpose of Law Essay

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Law section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Law essays

  1. Criminal Law (Offences against the person) - revision notes

    said the burden of proof should always lie with the prosecution. 6. The difference between insanity and automatism is unrealistic 7. Under the European Convention Of Human Rights (Article No. 5) the way we deal with insanity (M'Naughten) is unlawful 8.

  2. Study the concept of Reasonable man and reasonability in tort law.

    Thus, negligence is the breach of a duty caused by the omission to do something which a reasonable man guided by those considerations which ordinarily regulate the conduct of human affairs would do, or doing something which a prudent and reasonable man would not do.

  1. Should Capital Punishment be enforced

    Some people believe that it is not just to terminate one's life before their death time as it will be considered "playing God". Such people often believe that human beings were sent onto Earth by God for a specific purpose and by killing them prematurely, we are going against God's wishes.

  2. The Law Relating to Negotiable Instruments

    He must, subject to certain explanation, give notice of dishonor to parties against whom he intends to proceed. iii. He may also have the instrument noted and protested before a notary public. Notice of Dishonor When a negotiable instrument is dishonored either by non-acceptance or by non-payment the holder

  1. prisoners rights

    The Commission has in Chapter 9 of the Report made some recommendations acceptance of which would relieve congestion in jails. These suggestions include liberalisation of conditions of release on bail. Overcrowding may also be taken care of by taking recourse to alternatives to incarceration.

  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

    Justice Brennan (with whom Chief Justice Mason and Justice McHugh agreed) took the view that indigenous customary law could be extinguished by legislation or by the executive but only if there was a clear and plain intention expressed to do so.

  1. Property, Liberty, and the Law

    work unless he could hide it from society until he was ready to release a working model into the public market. But if inventor's had to hide their work from society, what would be the point of innovative technology? Dictionary.com defines technology in terms of Anthropology as "The body of

  2. The purpose of this assignment is to be able to understand the role purpose ...

    Upholding the law is the main principle of the police service of the Police Service. To do this the constables need to have a basic understanding of the law and police procedure. This is usually learnt in training and general experience.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work