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Professional Issues in Information Technology - Second edition by Frank Bott

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1 LAW AND GOVERNMENT

After studying this chapter, you should:

  • understand the nature of the law and the difference between criminal law and civil law;
  • understand what is meant by the terms legislature, judiciary and executive and appreciate the variety of ways in which these concepts are implemented in different countries;
  • understand the ways in which law comes into existence.

1.1 WHAT IS THE LAW?

There are many ways of defining the law. For the purpose of this book we shall take a very straightforward definition. We shall define law as ‘a set of rules that can be enforced in a court’. These rules are different in different countries. The best known examples of such differences are probably in the rules governing things like divorce or the sale ...

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