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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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In South Wales, 3,426 people were prosecuted, with 2,495 cases ending in a conviction.
The policy, which will be issued on Wednesday, will aim to clarify when individuals are more likely to be prosecuted or more likely not to be prosecuted.
The 12 CNAs and LVNs are charged with elder neglect, falsifying medical records and failure to follow nursing home state regulations and are being prosecuted under the state's Regulation and Licensing of Health Care Facilities law, according to Benjamin Gluck, a defense attorney with Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Drooks & Lincenberg in Los Angeles.
They first had prosecuted in 1996 when DNA analysis conducted on swabs taken at the victim's autopsy revealed a ratio of 1 to 10,000 chances that the DNA could have come from someone other than the subject.
Second, they (with your help) must convince the prosecuting authority that the case should be prosecuted.
troops accused of abuses demonstrates "that we have a court system that deals with perpetrators of crimes and ensures that they are fully prosecuted in a quick and transparent manner.
When Congress creates a federal penalty for actions traditionally prosecuted at the state level, it violates the core constitutional principle of federalism, which prohibits Congress from legislating on local matters.
It has also established a principle of law wider than the legal test that exists in England that allows companies to be prosecuted without prosecution of a director or senior manager.
Thus far, Human Rights Watch had not confirmed a single case where the home country either investigated or prosecuted the offenders.
Studies comparing young offenders who were prosecuted in the juvenile justice system with those prosecuted as adults found (a) no difference in the rates of subsequent criminal behavior (b) less subsequent criminality by those in the adult system (c) a slight increase in criminality by those in the adult system (d) those in the adult system were 30 percent more likely to break the law again.
UP to 30 times more people in England are being prosecuted for failing to complete their census forms than in Wales.