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criminal law

a body of rules which the State imposes upon individuals for the protection of other individuals and to restrain antisocial behaviour. Criminal law covers such crimes as theft and fraud. Prosecution of the accused is at the instance of the State and could result in imprisonment or fines as a punishment if the accused is found guilty.
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The Union Cabinet had earlier last month approved the amendments to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 keeping the age of consent for sex to 18 instead of 16.
The federal government argued that the primary purpose of the legislation was to safeguard public health, safety and morality in relation to assisted reproduction and related research; that the legislative incursion was legitimate since health was a shared subject matter between Parliament and the provinces; that judicial precedent supported the use of the criminal law power to enact a legislative scheme that combined prohibitions and regulatory controls; and that the challenged provisions were integral to and inseparable from the rest of the Act and thus valid under the ancillary powers doctrine.
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A disturbing trend in these complicated copyright and trademark cases is a judicial tendency to borrow precedents from criminal law, notes Bartholomew in "Cops, Robbers and Search Engines: The Questionable Role of Criminal Law in Contributory Infringemant Doctrine"
Internal constraints are constraints that result from the nature of the criminal law itself: the fact that the criminal law is part of the law, and the fact that it has an important connection to punishment.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2004 made changes in the Criminal Law to deal effectively with offenders of honour killing (Karo-kari), the HR ministry official said.
It would be quite possible to establish a Welsh jurisdiction without devolving any further substantive functions, including particularly criminal law.
Julia Morgan, also a Higher Court Advocate, heads the firm's criminal law department.
The ambitious task of developing a theory of criminalization is merely begun in the Boundaries of the Criminal Law, the first book in a series dedicated to this purpose.
Regardless of gender, ethnic or cultural background, social status, or religion, the goal of our substantive criminal law is to protect and preserve the personal safety and security of all individual members of the community.
Clark Willis is a law firm grounded in quality and expertise and expanding our criminal law team gives us more depth and credibility in one of our key specialities.
Professor Jeremy Horder, the law commissioner leading the project, said: "Relying on the criminal law to deter and punish risky behaviour in regulatory contexts may be an expensive, uncertain and ineffective strategy.

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