What is Criminal Law?
"The rules of statute and common law which direct that certain actions are punishable by the state. Each Australian jurisdiction has a body of criminal law...In some Australian jurisdictions the criminal law, or a defined part of it, is governed by a statutory code: for example (WA) Criminal Code... In...jurisdictions not covered by a code, the criminal law is made up of both statutory offences and offences at common law that have not been repealed. In every jurisdiction there are numerous other criminal offences which form part of the criminal law..."
Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary (Lexis Advance)
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