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legal duty

n. the responsibility to others to act according to the law. Proving the duty (such as not to be negligent, to keep premises safe, or to drive within the speed limit) and then showing that the duty was breached are required elements of any lawsuit for damages due to negligence or intentional injuries. (See: duty of care)

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Underpaid and underperforming legal professionals can't be expected to uphold legal duty when they can easily be financially influenced to turn a blind eye to corruption.
"Today we are ending the postcode lottery by placing on local authorities a legal duty to deliver support, including secure housing, to survivors of domestic abuse and their children.
The only way that Stirling Council is going to eradicate this plant on their land is when Scottish Water, and other landowners, meet their legal duty of care to their neighbours and tackle giant hogweed growing on their land.
A legal duty to find and remove illegal content with the supervision of regular judicial review and a transparent process, including fast-track appeals.
This would mean police officers, education partners, local authority and health care professionals will have a new legal duty to take action and prevent violent crime.
"But there is no evidence that the defendant's relationship with the victim was one that imposed a legal duty upon the defendant to seek medical care in the first place.
A survey of 2,000 people by Slater Gordon, who represent Phil and Rachel, also found that only one fifth of respondents knew that medics did not currently have a legal duty to do so.
"However, it is important to stress that all businesses have a legal duty to ensure that their waste is transferred only to an authorised person or place, and they must obtain and keep written records which meet the requirements of their duty of care.
'As a mandated member of LEDAC, Vice President Leni Robredo attended Tuesday's meeting to perform her legal duty to provide policy advice to the President,' said Georgina Hernandez, Robredo's spokesperson.
Debbie Westhead, of the CQC, said: "It is the provider's legal duty to ensure that they have appropriate arrangements in place to monitor service quality."
Gounev faces charges of failure to fulfill his legal duty to implement supervisory measures against Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB, Corpbank) over irregularities and violations detected in its activities.
Susan Dear Susan, The local authority has a legal duty to ensure that the play area, including all play-equipment, is reasonably safe for children to use.