October 18, 2012 Law and Why is in Needed
Law is a diverse and emotional subject for most people who have ever come in contact with the system that defines our society. Looking up at the legal system from the lower half of the economic ladder can be an intimidating and somewhat discouraging view. Law can be defined as systems of rules and guidelines that are agreed upon by the people of a specific geographical region which are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior. I have had the opportunity to view the legal system from several different points of view. I have had the misfortune to be a somewhat troubled youth that bumped head on with the legal system at a fairly young age. Since then I have been involved in juries, small claims court, traffic court, and most recently family court. I have learned that the “Law” can be used for you and against you at the same time depending on the person wielding the pen.
The concept of “law” can be traced to ancient Egypt where a twelve part civil code focused on tradition, rhetorical speech, social equality, and impartiality. This concept has been polished and refined throughout the years by many great people and great intentions. The form that we recognize comes to us more recently from England. In 1066 when William the Conqueror conquered England he began the process of unifying the country under his rule. Williams successors continued his work and his “King’s Court” which gave the country what evolved into “Common law.” For the first time there was a body of general rules that applied throughout the entire English realm. That “Common Law” continued to evolve and when the colonists migrated to what would become the United States so did the Law.
Once in the colony’s the Law began to grow and expand to keep pace with the growth and expansion of…