What is the "Law"?
Although we encounter the “Law” (or its consequence) nearly every day it is an abstract term which does not have a universally accepted definition. Commonly law is regarded as a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior.
Social Norm – Order & Chaos
Law plays a universal role in our society. It functions as a restraint for managing the evil and perfidious humans’ actions, helps to keep discipline and order, and limits freedom to some extent. If not for law that maintains and supports our environment organized, our normal everyday life’s activity would be destroyed by chaos, since the world we inhabit is disorganized and chaotic.
Law represents a social norm and its violation leads to imposing of punitive sanctions or application of physical force by the authorized institutions that possess this socially accepted privilege to act in this way. This brings about order and certainty and predictability to the society and helps settle disputes and problems by way of providing protection to individuals and their property, securing the general welfare and guaranteeing and protecting individual freedoms.
However, law and all this order and predictability it backs up are unable to make our world we are living in an absolutely safe place. But it has power to create a climate that will help and inspire people and give them impetus to work and produce, to venture, to response to challenges whatever they are, to look optimistically in the future, to retain hope for the best, and live for tomorrow.
Society & Law
Keeping things in order within a society and maintaining discipline is very important as it has a definite impact on a society’s well-being. It is laws that are on a daily service in all societies and work for providing protection and security to individuals, property, businesses and states.
Basic freedoms that are protected by law include freedom of speech, religion, the press, the right to a fair trial, the freedom from cruel and unusual punishment.
In the United States paying respect for the law is considered to be of a great significance and very important. Any case of disobedience or violation is subjected to punishment. The laws in the country are ordained by such legal documents and bodies as the Constitution, acts of Legislative bodies, orders of Rulings of Political Executives, Judicial Decisions and Decisions of Quasi-Legislative and Quasi-Judicial Bodies.
It is a common knowledge that most societies these days live in accordance with laws and rules in order to avoid the state of anarchy and chaos. It proves that law exercises very important and big impact on a society as a whole and each and every person’s life in particular.
Laws not Men
To the end it may be a government of laws and not of men. [Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; 1780; drafted by John Adams]
Law & Equality
The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberate and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched. The Charter of this Tribunal evidences a faith that the law is not only to govern the conduct of little men, but that even rulers are, as Lord Chief Justice Coke put it to King James, 'under ... the law.' And let me make clear that while this law is first applied against German aggressors, the law includes, and if it is to serve a useful purpose it must condemn aggression by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment. [Opening Statement of The Chief Prosecutor, Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson; 1945; Nuremberg Trials]
What is a Lawyer?
A lawyer is a person (often licensed by the state) who advises clients in legal matters and represent them in courts and in other forms of dispute resolution. Most countries require professional law advisors in their judicial systems, which are subject to highly regulated admission rules ... read more ...
Do you need one?
Most people associate the word lawyer with an individual who goes to court every day to stand before a judge or jury defending the freedom of another individual.
This is true only in rare cases; there are many different types of lawyers with a variety of responsibilities and duties.
Usually people don't have a "regular" lawyer, with whom they have contact on a frequent basis (similar to the way people see their “doctor” on an annual basis). So how to find a lawyer who's right for you and your case? Where to turn ... read more ...