What is Law?
Terms in this set (10)
A principle of constitutional government; a government whose powers are defined and limited by a constitution.
separation of powers
The principle of dividing governmental powers among different branches of government to protect against tyranny.
Written laws made by legislatures
checks and balances
A system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of power
Chief executive's power to reject a bill passed by a legislature
Allows the court to determine the constitutionality of laws
Contrary to what is permitted by the constitution
A system in which power is divided between the national and state governments
Bill of Rights
First 10 amendments to the Constitution
Laws prohibiting behavior the government has determined to be harmful to society, violation of a criminal laws is a crime
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