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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Jackson County becomes Second Amendment sanctuary county

Victoria Advocate 15 Dec 2019
citizen’s right to bear arms. The possibility was presented to the commissioners by a concerned citizen and County Sheriff Andy Louderback. The resolution does not change any laws, Sklar said ... The item was presented during the citizens’ communication portion of the meeting....

Persons with Disability Lament Buhari’s Failure to Protect Them

This Day 15 Dec 2019
“We are happy that the President signed the bill for the persons living with disability into law last April but we are still to see the law in action; indeed, we want to be given our dues and equal rights as Nigerian citizens.” ... He, therefore, called on other religious organisations, well-to-do citizens, and corporate bodies to emulate Joshua....

US: Second Amendment Sanctuaries are exploding

Free West Media 15 Dec 2019
That the Cumberland Board of Supervisors hereby declares its intent to oppose any infringement on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms using such legal means as may be expedient, including, without limitation, court action ... That means that local governments can’t override state laws."....

5 questions government must answer after implementing Citizenship Act

India TV 15 Dec 2019
A series of protests has erupted all across the states, likely to be most affected by the new inflow of 'Indian citizens' ... But while North-East will be the most affected region, it is not the only region protesting against this law ... Having said all that, Citizenship law is real, and all states must implement it....

Citizenship Amendment Act: Riots erupt in Delhi

BBC News 15 Dec 2019
Schools near the university in southern Delhi have been asked to remain closed on Monday.Why is the law so divisive?. The law allows non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who entered India illegally, to become citizens ... Critics say the law is part of the ......

India’s Modi ‘legally’ alienates Muslims: Counsels Sri Lanka on ethnicity

Asian Tribune 15 Dec 2019
On Tuesday December 10, India’s lower house of Parliament – Lok Sabha - passed the Citizenship Amendment that would give many citizens of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh the opportunity to apply for Indian citizenship based on their beliefs alone ... The citizenship law would ......

Bedford police to begin using body cameras

Union Leader 15 Dec 2019
Using the body cameras could potentially lead to a positive change in behavior by not only police, but citizens as well, he said ... “Body-worn cameras may also result in higher rates of citizen compliance with officer commands during encounters, and fewer complaints lodged against law enforcement,” he wrote in a memo to the Town Council....

Joseph Sabino Mistick: Constitution is not a buffet

Pittsburgh Tribune Review 15 Dec 2019
Trump told a crowd in New Hampshire last August, “We can’t make it harder for good, solid, law-abiding citizens to protect themselves ... But that has not kept him from calling for changes to libel laws so it would be easier to sue reporters....

Pune: Protest march planned against new citizenship law

Indian Express 15 Dec 2019
The new citizenship law has elicited feelings of anger and disillusionment among some residents of Pune ... Munnawar Qureshi, founder of the Indian Muslim Front (Maharashtra), said a brainstorming session will be held on Sunday about what the new citizenship law and National Register of Citizens (NRC) was about....

Union minister, CM Pinarayi Vijayan present divergent views on Citizenship (Amendment) Act

The Times of India 15 Dec 2019
He claimed that there was no basis for the fears that any genuine citizen would be deprived of the citizenship through the application of the CAA ...None in power should expect that they can indulge in any arrogant action just by citing such discriminatory laws....

Those Mean Ol' Democrats

Democratic Underground 15 Dec 2019
They are going to impeach Donald Trump because they have hated him since the first day ... The people are smarter than that ... He fights back ... He has never broken a law in his life. He has always been an upstanding, law-abiding citizen and most Americans know that to be the truth ... ....

No question of extending Article 371 to J&K: Jitendra Singh

The Times of India 15 Dec 2019
However, the minister said it is the duty of "all patriotic, nationalistic and right-thinking citizens" to cooperate in smooth implementation of the same laws and rules which are applicable in the rest of India ... of a Union territory the Centre's laws are applicable....

Discriminatory CAA may compel apprehensive Muslims to convert

The Siasat Daily 15 Dec 2019
While addressing a joint conference, Salim Engineer, vice-president, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind also responded to a question on conversion of Muslims will be likely to happen because of this poisonously divisive and dangerous law ... This law has to be seen together with NRC....