a set of amendable, enforceable, codified or interpretive rules made by the government or occasionally the people that are intended to reflect the values of society regarding individual behavior and the relationships between various persons that designated persons in a society are obligated to follow or be subject to consequences including punishment.
explain statutes or supplement statutes but apply just as strongly. • Ex: Rules of court - "discovery" - each party gets to ask questions to the other party.
need a set of laws so that commerce is possible; can't have different laws in every state for business. Uniform Commercial Code. Uniform Partnernship Act. Most states adopt them but not in the exact same form
Codified Administrative Law- Congress passes a law "let there be clean air" and the administrative agencies take care of the details.
Common Law (Judicial Law)
Judicial Precedents (Body of general non-codified rules preiviously held and built on in court deicions