Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Criminal law is the body of the law that relates to the crime. Prohibits behavior perceived as threatening, harmful or otherwise endangering the property, health, safety and moral well-being of people. Most criminal laws are established by law, which means that laws are enacted by a legislature. It includes the punishment of people who violate these laws. Criminal law varies according to jurisdiction, and differs from civil law, where the emphasis is more on resolving disputes and compensating victims than on punishment. The criminal procedure is a formalized official activity that authenticates the fact of the commission of a crime and authorizes the punitive treatment of the offender. These are the best basic definitions; they do not cover all legal systems, all stages in the development of a legal system, or all the elements within a given legal system.