- the laws of a state or country dealing with criminal offenses and their punishments.
Origin of criminal law
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for criminal law
A commission would not be helpful, he argues, and he has made plain his aversion to any form of criminal-law accountability.Busting the Torture Myths
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The Criminal-law Amendment act was the great triumph of 1885.
- the body of law dealing with the constitution of offences and the punishment of offenders
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