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concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong


something which attempts to develop the means for determining what those values should be


rules of conduct established by the government of a society to maintain stability and justice in that society


document which spells out the principles by which that country's government operates

Common Law

decisions of the early law courts developed in england, based on customs. they are characterized by the practice of deciding cases on precedent


when a judge is required to follow an earlier court decision when deciding a case with similar circumstances


Law specifically passed by a government body created for that purpose


body of lawmakers, which has the job of creating or passing statutory law


action of law that is no longer valid

Administrative Law

those rules and procedures established by regulatory agencies

First 10 Amendments

Are the Bill of Rights

27th Amendment

18 year olds' can vote

Bill of Rights

protect individual liberty and those accused of crime

Town laws

are bi laws

City laws

are city ordanents

Case law

courts make law through decisions

State supreme court

highest court in state

Federal Supreme Court

decide if federal law is unconstitutional

Doctrine of Precedent

judges wrote down laws, make sure they all have the same thing

Women Suffrage Amendment

1920-women could vote

Golden Rule

treat people the way you would want to be treated

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