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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.).

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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 United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (U.S.C.C.A.N.) compiles and publishes public laws chronologically in their slip law version.
He disputed the trial judge's characterization of the proceedings as subject to the "exclusionary rule," i.e., the doctrine that bars a party from enforcing a foreign penal or public law. The plaintiff also contested the trial judge's conclusion that the defendant was not the constructive trustee of the deposit with Citibank for Benford Ltd.
We believe, therefore, that public law's next big project should be to sit down and shut up.
The arrival of these public laws will also assure that assistive technology will continue to be the growing field both in the public and private sector rehabilitation (Lui, 1993).
Each legislative history comes in reverse chronological order, starting with the public law and ending with the print of the bill as initially introduced.
Passed in the Senate: August 2, 1990 Public Laws P.L.

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