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What is criminal law?
Criminal law is the body of law which covers crimes and criminal actions. It encompasses three different fields: substantive criminal law, criminal procedure and the special problems in administration and enforcement of criminal justice. However, the phrase criminal law as it is commonly used includes only substantive criminal law. Substantive criminal laws define particular crimes. In contrast, criminal procedure describes the process through which the criminal laws are enforced or it establishes rules for the prosecution of crime. For example, the law prohibiting murder is a substantive criminal law. The manner in which government enforces this substantive law through the gathering of evidence and prosecution is generally considered a procedural matter.
In criminal law, punishment is allowed due to the wrongful intent involved in the crime. A punishment, such as incarceration, seeks to give any victim involved retribution against the offender, deter the criminal from future criminal acts, and hopefully rehabilitate the offender. This is distinguished from civil law, which seeks to compensate the injured party rather than punish the wrongdoer.
What is a criminal action?
A criminal action is an action instituted by the government to punish offenses against the public. A state or federal prosecutor can institute an action against an individual or group of individuals for violating state or federal criminal laws. Such actions are brought on behalf of society as a whole. The main part of a criminal action is the trial where innocence or guilt of accused is determined. If the accused is found guilty, a fine, imprisonment or even a death sentence may be imposed. The punishment depends upon the punishment provided in the statute under which the accused is prosecuted.
Certain types of claims are governed by a separate set of procedural rules. For example, bankruptcy claims are governed by Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and appeals are governed by state or federal rules of appellate procedure. Specific courts may also have their own set of local court rules which must be followed, in addition to the applicable state or federal rules. The clerk of courts at a particular court may be asked to direct you to the local court rules.
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