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public law

Criminal law is an area of public law.
  branch of law dealing with the legal relationships between the government and individuals and with the relations among governmental agencies
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Strongly Associated with:   private law
Since 1957, U.S. Laws have been designated as public or private. For example:

"P.L. 85-1" references the 1st public law enacted by the 85th congress.


Pvt.L. 85-1 references the 1st private law enacted by the 85th congress.
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  • Criminal law is an area of public law.
  • The austere commander of the Swiss Guard was a man for whom few public law enforcement officials had any affection.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • You are too well acquainted with the principles of public law, humanity, and justice not to pardon us.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • In the new public law courts he disliked the restrictions laid on the lawyers conducting cases.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina

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  • Not a single public law bears his name, not a single history book includes his picture, not a single list of Senate "greats" men-tions his service.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • 1952 June: Congress passes Public Law 414, granting Japanese aliens the right to become naturalized U.S. citizens.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • It comes out fifty years after Congress passed public law 514 in 1952, which overturned restrictive federal policies, finally making it possible for immigrants of Asian ancestry —like Ko — to naturalize as U.S. citizens.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
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Associated words [difficulty]:   public law [8] , statutory law [3] , common law [4] , criminal law [7] , canon law [8] , civil law [8] , civil law [9]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Law, Philosophy, Public Policy & Politics
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