What is Torts Law?
"A civil wrong distinguished from the law of contract, the law of restitution, and the criminal law. A tort is a breach of a duty, potentially owed to the whole world, imposed by law ... Torts serve to protect a person's interest in his or her bodily security, tangible property, financial resources, or reputation. Interference with one of these interests is redressable by an action for compensation, usually in the form of unliquidated damages. The law of torts aims to restore the injured person to the position he or she was in before the tort was committed ...".
Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary (LexisNexis AU)