What is Law?


Law is a system of rules that a society or government develops in order to deal with crime, business agreements and social relationships.

A law is something that people must follow or face punishment. For example, in most countries there are laws against stealing.

In the United States, obscene phone calls are against the law.

You broke the law by stealing?

You are breaking the law if you steal money or property.

If you are caught stealing, you could be fined or put in jail.

The word law comes from the Greek word nomos, which means “commandment,” “law,” or “guideline.” It is also related to the Old Testament word yoke, which refers to an obligation on the part of someone to do or not do something.

Legal interpretation is the process by which a lawyer interprets the law to make sense of it. It starts from certain input, such as legal texts and practices, actions and mental states of certain legal actors, and customs, and yields an output – “an interpretation.”

The constitutive aim of legal interpretation is to understand the meaning of a law so that individuals and groups can be treated impartially and fairly by judges who are liable to enforce it. The aim is also to ensure that no harm is done to others and to deliver justice where there has been a breach of the law.

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