criminal law

noun
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of criminal law

: the law of crimes and their punishments

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First Known Use of criminal law

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CRIMINAL LAW Defined for English Language Learners

criminal law

noun

Definition of criminal law for English Language Learners

  • : laws that deal with crimes and their punishments


Law Dictionary

criminal law

noun

legal Definition of criminal law

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