Law in the Political Arena NOTES

Law in the Political Arena NOTES - Law in the Political...

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Law in the Political Arena 07/01/2008 09:56:00 January 7, 2008 Week 1: What is Law? Resolving Disputes and Facilitating Relationships Molding Society Crime, criminal process, law, police, lawyers, politics of the judicial process,  appellate/supreme court, relationship between law and societal change, using law to  remake and change the country
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January 9, 2008 07/01/2008 09:56:00 Resuting Disputes and Facilitating resolutions? Legal system helps to solve disputes: Between individuals Between individuals and corporations Between corporations Between individuals or corporations and Government Public law – the law of the powers and responsibilities of government Disputes over what government can or cannot do is common Disputes between state governments is also common Not all disputes make it to the legal system Crime victims for example usually don’t report to the police Same thing goes for victims of other slights under civil law. o People don’t think its worth it o Don’t have access to lawyers o Afraid of causing a dispute Only a small fraction of disputes make it to court rooms
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Things are resolved privately more often than not Negotiation Mediation – no power to impose a resolution, only help the parties resolve it  between themselves Arbitration Vigilante Action The way police arrest juveniles or handle domestic violence is different. They  don’t accept all the disputes of these nature brought to it. Gate keeping rules. Mootness – Nothing they could do for the defendant. Taking cases that only  make legal sense. If the court wants you, you are going to go. If the court tells you to do something,  you have to, no matter what. They can and will force you to. Court also facilitates relationships – gets people the things they want to do so  they can get on with their business. It regulates and regularizes social, economic and  other daily life. Ensures that people do what they are supposed to do so that we can all get  along. We often don’t need law. We do need it for complicated and complex  relationships that need to be regulated. We need contracts when things are  complicated, or for strangers – people you don’t have any concrete reason to trust.  They stabilize these relationships. Regulation of property
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