The purpose of law
Law is the body of rules of action or conduct prescribed by a controlling authority, and having binding legal force. That which must be obeyed and followed by citizens subject to sanctions or legal consequence is a law. The law serves various purposes, which are:
· Establishing Standards: The law is a guidepost for minimally acceptable behavior in society.
· Maintaining order: The law—when enforced—provides order consistent with society’s guidelines.
· Resolving Disputes: Disputes are unavoidable in a society comprised of persons with different needs, wants, values, and views.
· Protecting Liberties and Rights: One function of the law is to protect these various liberties and rights from violations or unreasonable intrusions by persons, organizations, or government.