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Rights & Freedoms

RIGHTS & FREEDOMS

CONDITIONS THAT MUST EXIST TO ENABLE POSITIVE LAWS 

*  The Rule of Law      
*  Magna Carta 1215     
*  Nobody is above the law; Law applies equally to everyone
*  An Independent Justice System     
* Give people power to change government by voting in free and regular elections     
* Often comes with a constitution, written or unwritten (UK) which provide clear  understanding of citizen's rights and freedoms     
* People have right to petition the courts for help     
* Lobby groups are allowed - applies pressure for legal change
* An Independent Justice System      
* Courts not linked to other branches of government      
* Appeal system (lower courts to supreme courts)

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THE MAGNA CARTA: FAIRNESS OF THE LAWS AND THEIR EXECUTION

*    "Reasonable" rules and regulations*    Equal justice under the law*    Recognition of customs, traditions, and established rights*    Restoration of property and fines if not justly taken*    Punishment in proportion to the crime

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