Ch2 PP1 Where Law Comes From (Constitutions) (2.15.08)

Ch2 PP1 Where Law Comes From (Constitutions) (2.15.08) -...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–12. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
PP1: I ntroduction Federal and State Constitutions
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
I ntroduction When lawyers talk about ‘The Law’, they are referring to the law as it is written in certain law books
Background image of page 2
Written Law is Also Known as: (2) Black Letter Law because books have black letters on white pages (1) Law on the Books (even though it should be ‘Law in the Books’)
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Chapter 1 provided several examples of this law E.g., In Roe v. Wade : U.S. Constitutional law (9th and 14th Amend) State statutory law (TX anti-abortion statute) Case law (the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in the Roe )
Background image of page 4
But to understand where LAW comes from you also need to understand: (1) Legal systems (2) Legal processes (see next slide for definitions)
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Legal systems, which implement the written law, Are gvernmental agencies That are created by the written law, And operate pursuant to its mandates, In order to fulfill its governmental purposes and functions (e.g., Internal Revenue Service)
Background image of page 6
Legal processes consist of legal actors who are responsible for creating and implementing the written law , and (next slide) LAWYERS JUDGES POLICE
Background image of page 7

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Laypeople because they: Are regulated by the law (e.g., every person) Occasionally become legal actors (e.g., when voting; as jurors)
Background image of page 8
So What Is Law? So What Is Law? A system of written (or oral) rules that: (1) Describe, promote and constrain behavior (2) Are created and enforced by a government (3) Are implemented through legal systems (or organizations that have legitimate authority over people) (4) Are implemented by legal actors (e.g., judges, lawyers, law enforcement officers) and laypersons in certain circumstances
Background image of page 9

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Chapter 2 introduces you to The different sources for black letter law , the companion legal systems , and relevant legal processes Note : Non-legal actors relevant to the law (e.g., jurors, litigants, voters) will be discussed in later chapters
Background image of page 10
Multiple Governments Multiple Governments Before we begin Chapter 2, you need to understand: (1) U.S. citizens are not controlled by 1 government , but by 3: Federal government that creates U.S. or federal Law State governments that create state law that is different for every state Local governments within states (e.g., counties, cities and towns)
Background image of page 11

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 12
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course PSYC 277 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '07 term at Arizona.

Page1 / 28

Ch2 PP1 Where Law Comes From (Constitutions) (2.15.08) -...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 12. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online