Law is a system of rules that are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior. Laws can be made by a collective legislature or by a single legislator, resulting in statutes, by the executive through decrees and regulations, or by judges through binding precedent, normally in common law jurisdictions. Private individuals can create legally binding contracts, including arbitration agreements that may elect to accept alternative arbitration to the normal court process. The formation of laws themselves may be influenced by a constitution, written or tacit, and the rights encoded therein. The law shapes politics, economics, history and society in various ways and serves as a mediator of relations between people.

A general distinction can be made between (a) civil law jurisdictions (including Catholic canon law and socialist law), in which the legislature or other central body codifies and consolidates their laws, and (b) common law systems, where judge-made precedent is accepted as binding law. Historically, religious laws played a significant role even in settling of secular matters, which is still the case in some religious communities, particularly Jewish, and some countries, particularly Islamic. Islamic Sharia law is the world's most widely used religious law.

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Feds wrongly tell new US citizens they missed chance to vote

Democratic Underground 30 Oct 2020
citizens in Massachusetts that they could not vote in next ... State law, however, allows new citizens to register until 4 p.m. the day before an election if they became citizens after the deadline....


The Philadelphia Tribune 30 Oct 2020
Black female judge selected to lead top state court in Mass ... President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Cabinet has approved the proposed amendments to the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act to criminalize “the unauthorized communication or negotiation by private citizens with foreign governments,” Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said ... .......

WARMINGTON: This time it was the bad guys 'Sunder' fire

Toronto Sun 30 Oct 2020
No community is immune – criminals do not respect jurisdictional boundaries, and as law enforcement we consistently adapt our investigative techniques to mitigate this.” ... from continuing their crimes which impact and threaten the health, well being and safety of citizens....

SC slams cops for summons to Delhi resident over FB post on lockdown

Indian Express 30 Oct 2020
The Supreme Court is here to protect free speech… The police should concern themselves with the major issues of law and order where their presence is required and not over what a citizen said on social media.”....

Sheriffs host emergency response classes

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise 29 Oct 2020
“We feel like it would be a good community outreach that will benefit both the citizens and law enforcement by getting together and building a base,” Virden said ... The firearm education will also include how citizens should interact with law enforcement if they are carrying a concealed firearm, Owen said....

3 politicians from India's ruling party killed in Kashmir

Springfield News-Sun 29 Oct 2020
The attack comes two days after India enacted laws allowing its citizens to buy land in Kashmir, exacerbating concerns from residents and rights groups who see such measures as a way to change the demographics of the Muslim-majority region....

Skaff: Why the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional

The Roanoke Times 29 Oct 2020
It simply means that the government cannot enact a law to deprive citizens of these things ... For instance, by prohibiting the sale of catastrophic health insurance, Obamacare is unconstitutional because it prevents citizens from exercising their right to access this type of health insurance, which many people purchased before the law’s enactment....

Khaled Salem, Running for U.S. Senate in NY, Calls for Law to Stop Personal Attacks ...

Daily Freeman 29 Oct 2020
His agenda is top lined by the following policy priorities.Offering free university education for American students.Working to reduce domestic violence in all states.Freeing US citizens who are allegedly detained abroad.Fighting for new immigration laws.Reducing US military ......

From abortion rights to ‘magic mushrooms,’ U.S. voters will decide

Metro USA 29 Oct 2020
In 24 states, mostly in the West, any citizen may collect signatures to put a proposed law on the ballot, although most legislatures can still override them, according to NCSL legislative policy specialist Amanda Zoch ... California’s Proposition 22 is classified as a citizen ......

Column: Election night chaos is not inevitable if cool heads prevail

The Florida Times Union 29 Oct 2020
As long as state officials follow their own procedures, the nation can wait for a fair result. If you as a citizen want to help ensure an orderly post-election period, allow the law to work and keep social media posts in their proper perspective. ....

When Americans go missing in Mexico, US officials have to tell loved ones 'go to Mexico'

Herald Mail 29 Oct 2020
But the case is a relative rarity, in one sense because Aguilar, a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, is an American citizen ... Still, 324 American citizens have vanished since 2006 and not been found, according to the Mexican federal government's official tally of the missing ... citizens were killed in Tijuana, data show....

A Philippine maritime militia in the sea?: Inquirer columnist

Straits Times 29 Oct 2020
"The Armed Force of the Philippines shall be composed of a citizen armed force which shall undergo military training and serve, as may be provided by law ... Section 5 of EO 264 provides, "All members of the Citizen Armed Force on training or service shall be subject to military law and the Articles of War."...

Buffalo fire union says commissioner committed voter fraud in residency flap

The Buffalo News 29 Oct 2020
The letter accuses Renaldo of committing "the felonies of False Registration under Election Law Section 17-104 and Illegal Voting under Election Law Section 17-132.” It says he “must be held to the same standard as any other citizen in relation to the laws protecting the ......

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