public law

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Public Law

A general classification of law concerned with the political and sovereign capacity of a state.

Public law is that area of constitutional, administrative, criminal, and International Law that focuses on the organization of the government, the relations between the state and its citizens, the responsibilities of government officials, and the relations between sister states. It is concerned with political matters, including the powers, rights, capacities, and duties of various levels of government and government officials.

Public law refers to an act that applies to the public at large, as opposed to a private law that concerns private individual rights, duties, and liabilities.

Public law is the citation given to the original form of federal and some state laws. For example, the citation for the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 is Pub. L. 97–34, Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 1720 (26 U.S.C.A. § 1 et seq.).

public law

that area of law that deals with the state and the relations of the state with the public.
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The limited character of the grant of jus publicum under the Massachusetts Colony Ordinance of 1641-1647 has been raised by Professor David A.
32) To allow for some private rights, the title to lands subject to public trust rights was split in two, the jus publicum, safeguarding the rights to the public, and the jus privatum, a lesser title granting private rights of use and possession subject to the jus publicum.
ownership, or the jus publicum, was a more suitable vehicle for
property or franchise; second, the jus publicum, or public right of