Structure of Gov, Law

Structure of Gov, Law - Monday August 27th Constitution...

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Monday, August 27th Constitution Legislative - enact statutes  Create administrative  agencies Executive - Rule making   - Adjudication Judicial - makes common law, which can be changed by judicial  branch Judges apply and interpret statutes Declare statute to be Unconstitutional  Hear appeals from administrative agencies All three branches of gov make laws  Ex) certain actions taken by judicial branch actually creates law, not just upholds it.    Constitution is above all three branches of gov - not necessarily this way, that is just the way the  US does it --> In China the constitution is not above the other branches. The Legislative branch adopts,  interprets, and enforces the constitution.    "Addie Burke and her squashed pussy cat"   Limits are imposed on judges --> Judges must decide the case based on previous rulings on  cases, Precedents = Common Law -->  adopted from old English Common Law Common Law is the body of law made by the judicial branch "We have a gov of laws, not men" - That system would be subject to too much abuse, because  the judge could always be biased.  Common Law grows, like a coral reef   
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Courts can change Common Law  - the lower courts are required to uphold precedents handed  down by higher courts, but appeals can be made to change Common Law through higher courts
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