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ci·vil law

(si'vĭl lah)
The branch of legislation dealing with the rights and duties of citizens rather than with criminal acts.

civil law,

n a statutory law, as opposed to common law or judge-made law (such as case law). The Dental Practice Act in every state is a civil law.

civil law

the form of law which is conducted inquisitorially with the judge asking all of the questions and deciding the outcome. The basis of European law. The opposite to English law, which is adversarial in its approach.
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Second: divorce by woman request contain amends 1029, 1129, 1130 of civil law and they are special cases
Initially, this article was not designed to offer an overview of the differences between the common law and civil law systems.
17) In this way, the acceptance of amicus submissions appears more similar to the fact-gathering methods of some inquisitorial civil law courts.
or Brazil, for instance, still have the right to marry in a church or a mosque, but their marriage is registered under civil laws that settle issues affecting their families.
The British granted the Quebecois the right to use their traditional system of civil law while imposing common law in fields in which they wished for the law to be uniform, such as criminal law.
Civil law, on the other hand, continually faces the risk of the legislature altering existing rights for political purposes or in the public interest (Mahoney 2001).
President Mary McAleese signed the Civil Law Bill 2011 into law yesterday.
President Michel Suleiman has voiced support for civil personal status laws which would legalize civil marriage and provide laws for adoption and inheritance separate from the religious courts "A civil law for personal status represents one of the main pillars of [building] a civil state," the president said in a statement after meeting with a delegation from the National Campaign for a Lebanese Personal Status Law.
533-34, emperor Justinian codified the Roman law into the Corpus Juris Civilis, the forerunner to the extensive civil law system.