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penal code

a code setting out all or at least most of the main principles of the criminal law of a system. In the USA many states have turned the common law into codes or partial codes. Under the influence of the NAPOLEONIC CODE, the Code d'Instruction Criminelle of 1808 and the Code Pénal of 1810, many continental European states have adopted penal codes that require from time to time to be revised. The UK has generally not followed this course but there is a trend towards it - the English Law Commission proposes reform around the idea of criminal code and an unofficial but highly influential draft code has been published by eminent lawyers in Scotland.
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Parliament's aim is to update the penal code," said Nicolas Papadopoulos of DIKO.
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The government on Friday approved a revision of the Penal Code to fight credit card fraud, stepping up the maximum jail term to 10 years from the current five years, and with heavier fines, government officials said.
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These constraints were compounded by the continuing inability of the liberal government to create a uniform penal code for Italy because, it was argued, the nature of the punishments would determine the nature of the prisons.
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The American Law Institute is considering a revision of its Model Penal Code.