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criminal law

noun

Simple Definition of criminal law

  • : laws that deal with crimes and their punishments

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of criminal law

  1. :  the law of crimes and their punishments

1769

First Known Use of criminal law

1769


Law Dictionary

criminal law

noun

Legal Definition of criminal law

  1. :  public law that deals with crimes and their prosecution — compare civil law



Additional Notes on criminal law

Substantive criminal law defines crimes, and procedural criminal law sets down criminal procedure. Substantive criminal law was originally common law for the most part. It was later codified and is now found in federal and state statutory law.


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