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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Letter: Measure threatens citizen initiatives

The Bismarck Tribune 27 Sep 2020
The bottom line is the super majority of legislators have been upset with the citizens of North Dakota for passing Marsy’s Law, Medical Marijuana, and Ethics measures that were on the ballot in past elections. The legislators do not like the citizens of North Dakota directing them on what to legislate....

Don’t allow rioters to destroy America

The Vindicator 27 Sep 2020
Without respect and cooperation from all citizens, how can they do their job? Are there some bad cops out there? Yes, but most are not. Black Lives Matter claims social injustice, but have they taken a good look at their attitudes of arrogance, bullying and intimidation? They have defeated their own purpose with law-abiding citizens....

Letter: All citizens are free to protest

The Post and Courier 27 Sep 2020
They are taking a knee during our national anthem to say to us, their fellow citizens, we need to pay attention to this issue ... However, most importantly, those protests like the ones today are lawful under our Constitution, and that is the right I fought for ... fellow citizens....

Holness reassures full support for security forces

Jamaica Observer 27 Sep 2020
However, the country, and indeed the brave men and women of the security forces, can rest assured that the Government I lead will not sit by helplessly while criminals are emboldened to challenge the State, and endanger the lives of law-abiding citizens ... through upholding the law....

Constitution Week celebrated in Morristown, Hamblen

Citizen Tribune 27 Sep 2020
Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney and Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain celebrated Constitution week, Sept ... citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution ... Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The Constitution is a living document that assures each citizen of the freedoms Americans cherish and appreciate ... .......

ELECTION 2020 QUESTIONNAIRES | Sixth Circuit Judge, Jones Vacancy: Cherie Kesler (R)

The News-Gazette 27 Sep 2020
My variety of practice areas both in criminal and civil law with clients from various backgrounds has equipped me to be in any Courtroom in the Courthouse. I know that citizens walking through the Courthouse doors are walking a difficult path ... My priority is to run an organized courtroom that applies the law in a fair and impartial manner....

Readers Write: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020

Messenger-Inquirer 27 Sep 2020
The citizens of Owensboro will be at the forefront of every decision he makes ... Instead of protecting law-abiding citizens, these officials fund and enable Marxist groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa to terrorize the streets, burning businesses, assaulting and killing citizens of all colors....

Letter: Consider character, not political party

The Bismarck Tribune 27 Sep 2020
To paraphrase a TR speech in Washington, D.C., in 1906, he said the foundation of national life is, and always must be, the high character of the average citizen ... Obedience to the law is demanded as a right, not asked as a favor....

GUEST COLUMN: Residential Rental Registry bill targets slumlords

SCNOW Morning News 27 Sep 2020
These requirements have long been existing law and should be uncontroversial. The overwhelming majority of landlords comply with the law without thought; the obligation to maintain one’s property, to them, is self-evident ... They evade the law’s enforcement by hiding their identities....

Michael Reagan: The high price of police protests

Lima Ohio 27 Sep 2020
And the mainstream media, which hardly bothers to cover them, are too busy portraying cops as racist murderers to worry about who’s going to be around to defend law-abiding citizens when the police are gone....

Chinese diplomat rejects British accusations on Hong Kong, Xinjiang related issues

China Daily 27 Sep 2020
"The National Security Law for Hong Kong brings to justice only a very small number of criminal offenders who severely endanger national security. It protects the rights and freedoms of the vast majority of Hong Kong citizens who abide by law," he said ... in accordance with law....

Chowan voters to weigh in on quarter-cent sales tax hike

Daily Advance 27 Sep 2020
What’s more, state law doesn’t require the current board of commissioners to levy the additional quarter-cent sales tax — even if a majority of voters support the referendum ... State law does allow a county to spend public money educating citizens about the referendum....

North Dakota hunters, landowners clash as pheasant season approaches

Grand Forks Herald 27 Sep 2020
As a hunter I love our posting laws, but as an American citizen and proponent of property rights and land ownership, I don’t believe that landowners should have to post signs to keep people off the land,” he said ... They have a lot of ways that they piss off landowners by not following the rules, the law, shooting too close to their house, etc.”....

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