substantive law



Aspect of a legal system that creates, defines, and regulates the duties, liabilities, and rights of the legal entities. In contrast, procedural law deals with the technical aspects (practices and procedures) and prescribes the steps for enforcing civil and criminal law.

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  • Knowing the substantive law will help you to not break it so that your business does not end up getting in trouble.

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  • The substantive law was referenced in the court case during the trial, fortunately our trial lawyer was well versed in the subject.

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  • When I went to law school that year, one of the first things we would be learning about would be substantive law.

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