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The Nature of law.

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The Nature of law

What Is Meant By Law

It is difficult to be precise as to what law is, but it may be defined as a code of conduct for the people in a given community, which controls their activities towards each other, with respect to their private and business lines, and to their relationship with the state.

Divisions of Law

English law is usually classified as being either public or private law.

1. Public Law

Public law is the law which governs the relationship between the state and individual members within the state, and between one state and another. This division of law comprises several specialist classes of law such as:

a) Criminal Law

Crime affects the whole community and as offences are considered to be against the state, they are punished by a system laid down and administered by the state. Criminal law is designed to protect the public from attack on their individual property or persons, and to enable any individual or group of individuals to perform their rights and duties under the law.

b) Constitutional law

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