LS202 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Freedom Of Movement, Henry Morgentaler, Misdemeanor

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Law is a set of rules and principals that govern the affairs of a society (codified, what we can and cant do) Enforced by formal system of control (police, courts) Law can be public (deals with issues that affect all of society, criminal/administrative/constitutional law is a form of public law) Law can be private (interactions b/w individuals in society, tort/family law, lawsuits, civil suits are private) Regulatory law resembles criminal law, lacks important elements, conduct is inherently wrong, severity sentences, can be called quasi-criminal law, ex. highway traffic act. Can be enacted by provinces/territories or federal government. May involve punishment by fine, penalty or imprisonment. Criminal law punishes past behaviour, regulatory law has to do with protecting us in the future (keeping us safe) Criminal law falls under federal jurisdiction, set out in constitution act, only federal government can create criminal laws.

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