0324303971_68716 - 4 Other sources of contemporary law include • Treaties • Executive orders 5 Criminal law concerns behavior so threatening to

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Chapter Review 1. Our federal system of government means that law comes from a national government in Washington, D.C., and from 50 state governments. 2. The history of law foreshadows many current legal issues, including mediation, partnership liability, the jury system, the role of witnesses, the special value placed on land, the idea of precedent, and the difference between substantive and procedural law. 3. The primary sources of contemporary law are United States Constitution and state constitutions Statutes, which are drafted by legislatures Common law, which is the body of cases decided by judges, as they follow earlier cases, known as precedent; and Administrative law, the rules and decisions made by federal and state administrative agencies.
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Unformatted text preview: 4. Other sources of contemporary law include • Treaties • Executive orders 5. Criminal law concerns behavior so threatening to society that it is outlawed altogether. Civil law deals with duties and disputes between parties, not with outlawed behavior. 6. Substantive law defines the rights of people. Procedural law describes the processes for settling disputes. 7. Jurisprudence is concerned with the basic nature of law. Three theories of jurisprudence are • Legal positivism: The law is what the sovereign says it is. • Natural law: An unjust law is no law at all. • Legal realism: Who enforces the law is more important than what the law says....
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course BUS 138 taught by Professor Jeffbrozz during the Spring '11 term at Long Beach City College.

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