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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Wyoming Sheriffs Unanimously Oppose 2A Preservation Act

Hot Air 06 Mar 2021
“If the investigation is completed and it turns out to be self-defense, you have just taken a firearm from a law-abiding citizen,” he said. “You are law abiding until you have been convicted. “If it ends up going to court and he’s found not guilty, he’s still a law-abiding citizen so [the officer who seized the firearm] has violated the statute.”....

Bill allows first responders to live where they choose

Knoxville Daily Sun 06 Mar 2021
“This bill addresses the needs of our local law enforcement and emergency services agencies, ensuring they have one of the most valuable resources – sufficient personnel – to protect our citizens and keep our communities safe,” said Representative Jerome Moon (R-Maryville) who is sponsoring the bill in the House of Representatives....

SHC seeks progress report on data protection law

The News International 06 Mar 2021
Hearing a petition seeking a direction to the government to promulgate necessary laws for the protection of mobile phone data of the citizens, a division bench of the SHC headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar asked a federal law officer about progress in legislation for the protection of personal data....

Unfinished business of independence

The News International 06 Mar 2021
... impartial in its dealing with all citizens ... The problems in Pakistan arose because Jinnah’s leading associates in the Muslim League (ML) did not share his value set of constitutional government promoting democracy, rule of law and equality and equal opportunity for all citizens....

State aims at gun laws, and drug units recoil

Maryville Daily Forum 06 Mar 2021
Cox, in a blog post on the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office website, said he can’t envision a scenario where deputies in his county would seize weapons from law-abiding citizens, regardless of the laws coming from Washington ... “We are in full support of the right for our citizens to be able to lawfully possess firearms,” he said....

Republicans who oppose voting rights just don’t dig democracy

Chicago Sun-Times 06 Mar 2021
Why take part in the official business of democracy if one does not believe in citizen participation to the fullest extent of the law? Almost all Western democracies have higher voter turnout than the United States....

America’s Patchwork of Election Laws Under Scrutiny

Voa News 06 Mar 2021
In the event the bill becomes law, they promised legal challenges, writing, “[W]e will seek legal remedies to protect the Constitution, the sovereignty of all states, our elections, and the rights of our citizens.” ... laws – may seem odd to the citizens of other large democracies....

Letters to the editor for March 6, 2021

The Gainesville Sun 06 Mar 2021
Keep citizens safe ... DeSantis said during a press conference, "The law will require a felony if you incapacitate any of the roadways,". Our government’s primary role is to keep its citizens safe and to lessen the need to develop self defense tactics on our own, especially for the most vulnerable among us. This law is necessary for our safety....

What has happened to the Republicans?, by Barry Corriveau

The Keene Sentinel 06 Mar 2021
There have been aspects of both parties with value and importance to me as a citizen and a voter ... It wasn’t until the 20th century that the majority of laws were enacted that better protected our citizens against such attitudes and associated destructive behaviors....

Strong support can’t save bill to get undocumented immigrants Idaho driving privileges

The Spokesman-Review 06 Mar 2021
... they were “moved” by the emotional testimony of many community members who shared their experiences of fearing for family members who – despite contributing to Idaho’s economy and otherwise living as law-abiding citizens – face significant barriers without a driver’s license....

Attorney calls Kish lawsuit 'frivolous,' hearing set

The Norman Transcript 06 Mar 2021
Andrew Casey cited free speech rights for his clients, Kathryn Taylor and Christian Sanchez and a state law which protects “citizen participation.” The two made posts on their personal Facebook accounts and on Facebook pages for city council wards ...Unfortunately, abuses of the legal system, aimed at silencing these citizens, have also grown....

Survey Arrives; County Must Move Quickly To Fashion Bond Issue

Vermillion Plain Talk 06 Mar 2021
A survey of Clay County citizens launched last December by the Clay County Courthouse, Jail, & Law Enforcement Facility Planning Committee regarding the future of the Clay County Courthouse, Jail, and the Law Enforcement Center is complete....

US fugitive, suspected gang member tied to kidnappings in custody after arrests in Haiti

Yahoo Daily News 06 Mar 2021
citizen, is known by the nickname, “Ti-Nwa,” or Little Black, and has also used the last name Joseph on his various Haitian ID cards ... citizens ... law enforcement officials, who have been overwhelmed responding to the uptick in kidnappings, several of which have involved U.S. citizens ... citizens, including two Haitian-American former active duty U.S ... A U.S....

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