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Rule of Law
Terms in this set (15)
The laws represent the will of the people or their interests.
The procedures used are fair. For example, the U.S. Constitution says that nobody can be "deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law."
Equal Application of the Law
The law applies to everyone equally. For example, the 14th Amendment says that states must give everyone "the equal protection of the laws."
Access to Justice
People have access to courts in order to settle disagreements, solve problems or get justice. For example, the 6th Amendment says that people accused of a crime have the right to have a lawyer help them defend themselves.
Order and Security
A system of law and order: enforcement of the law so that people feel safe. For example, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution says one goal is to make sure our country is secure and peaceful ("domestic tranquility").
Checks and Balances
Limits on one branch of government by the other branches to limit there power. For example, the U.S. Constitution splits the government's power between a legislative, an executive and a judicial branch.
Rule of Law
principle that the law applies to everyone, even those who govern
Government is open, and allows you to see what is going on. For example, the laws are made public so that everyone can see them.
When government positions and resources are used for personal gain or interests.
when someone voluntarily offers payment to get an illegal advantage
Government rules are enforced with consequences.
Constraints on government
Limits on the power of government.
Rights and privileges considered essential by the general society. A fair system of laws must have basic rights protected.
Ability to answer for one's own actions; in government: officials answer for their decisions, mistakes or actions and can face consequences as a result.
the role of courts to peacefully settle disagreements or arguments and keep order in society
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