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Civics Legal Terms

Legal Terms for the Test

Precedent a legal decription or authorative rule.
Common law the unwritten law, especially those of England, based on custom or court decision.
Law a rule or set of rules, especially those made by the government or ruler.
Democracy a way of governing a country, in which the people elect representitives to govern the country on their behalf.
Civil laws the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own rights.
Belittles to make something seem unimportant: she hurt their feelings when she belittled their work.
Feudal system having to do with a way of life in which ordinary people lived on and used the land of a nobleman, giving him military and other service in return.
Oral law someone who speaks and makes them the law. (spoken set of laws)
Jury the group of people chosen to hear and try to decide the outcome of a court case
Trial by order a hearing of the facts or a trying of someone's guilt or innocence in a law court.
Criminal law The body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
Negligence In law, especially tort law, the breach of an obligation (duty) to act with care, or the failure to act as a reasonable
Tres-pass Unlawful entry onto land.
Created by: lelieverc