criminal law


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crim·i·nal law

(krimĭ-năl law)
Legislation dealing with crime and its punishment.

criminal law

The area of the law relating to violations of statutes that pertain to public offenses or acts committed against the public. For example, a health care provider can be prosecuted for criminal acts such as assault and battery, fraud, and abuse.
See also: law

criminal law

the law as defined in the Crimes Act, or similar relevant act, which defines what are criminal offences and therefore come within the scope of the Act. The attitude taken is that the part of the offended party in the confrontation to be enacted is the state acting as the champion of all the people.
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McLachlin CJC allowed the appeal, (23) concluding that the impugned provisions were either directed at the legitimate criminal law public purpose of preventing conduct that is "fundamentally immoral, a public health evil [or] a threat to personal security," (24) or were ancillary to this purpose.
Throughout the various twists and turns in the debate, the role of criminal law has been ignored or, at most, addressed only in passing.
I am concerned that Husak's constraints are for the most part overly ideal, a concern that is warranted in relation to the vast majority of work on the limits of the criminal law.
The editors suggest dividing the collection in two categories: those four essays which concern how the boundaries of the criminal law are in fact being pushed by developments both from within the criminal law itself as well as from the outside by other non-criminal or quasi criminal policies, and those five essays that are directed at the more traditional project of excavating the principles that ought to set the boundaries of the criminal law.
Another example of a change in substantive Canadian criminal law, which reflects the multicultural nature of our society, took place shortly after the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.
At the close of the conference, delegates voted into existence the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, the first of its kind in the United States.
whether criminal law should ever recognize family relationships, and, if
On the one hand, when the risk entails compliance with the criminal law such as the avoidance of any environmental spillage that might give rise to criminal liability, the ideal entrepreneur is risk-averse.
But in my view, corporations and other business organizations and their employees are unusually vulnerable today to heavy-handed enforcement of the criminal law.
Ms Edwards was awarded the position of solicitor advocate with higher rights granted in criminal law by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.
Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act No.
In other words, not only should such conduct be dealt with under the 'Laws of the Game' resulting in sporting sanctions, but should also be the subject of prosecutions under the Criminal Law.

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