ARE 18 - Lecture 1 9/27/10 CHAPTER 1 Constitution...

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Lecture 1 – 9/27/10 CHAPTER 1 Constitution determines all law in the United States Consitution controls both criminal law or civil law The constitution is the basic source of law in the U.S. o Two other main sources of law: Statutory law – law that has been passed by a legislative body at the federal level by congress, or state level by state legislature, or state level by popular referendum; once passed, it would be known as a statute. Once a statute is enacted, we are required to follow it (e.g. speed limits, no smoking in certain areas). Many statutes overlap, such as federal statute and state statute; one or both may apply. Supremacy clause Administrative law – administrative regulations, similar to statues. Court Decisions – another source of the law; two distinct systems – federal and state court system. These two systems decide cases everyday, which have to follow certain precedents. o
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