The Rules of Law
These few simple rules sum up the world of law.
The law is simply the sum of all rules-constitutional provisions and the statutes of all governmental units: federal, state, county, and city. The law also includes judicial decisions interpreting the constitutions and statutes that govern our social and economic intercourse. It exists to secure the peace, order, and dignity in society. Laws exist to guide human conduct. Because the people who write the statutes have the impossible task of trying to identify and define human activity, which is limited only by the number of people in a society, these guidelines cannot apply clearly to every situation.
The Judge Rules: The Law of Your Case
The process of reaching a decision in a trial is simply deciding what a law means to the people in a single set of circumstances. In reaching this opinion, a judge or jury weighs what has been decided before in similar cases. The goal is to apply the law uniformly, and therefore fairly, to everyone. The decision of a judge or the verdict from a jury is what you get at the end of a trial. This decision declares that on that day, your rights are specifically established against your opponent, based on what you have convinced the judge or jury with regards to the facts of your case, and the law as the judge or jury understands it.
Although extreme human behavior is fodder for television talk shows and tabloid magazines, the range of human conduct fortunately does not often approach the extremes. So unless your case is unusual, the laws that govern your immediate legal problem have been long established and uniformly applied. Still, this is the real world and, ultimately, the law that is applicable to your case will be what the judge says it is. You have no choice but to assume that he or she knows it. When you point out all the reasons why you should win, if your argument makes sense and your facts are straight, the law will be applied in your favor. Don't worry about the marginal likelihood that the judge may not know what he or she is doing. Just get your facts straight and be as thorough as you can.
Here are some rules that can apply to countless everyday situations. One or more of these may apply to your case, and can provide you with guidance as to your legal claim. If the rule, when fairly applied, is not in your favor, it will still give you a more accurate view of the value of your case.
27 Rules You Can Use
The two rules that have the broadest application are number 4, "Keep your promises," which is the summation of all the law of contracts, and number 22, which summarizes all of tort law. If you carefully analyze your case in the light of these two principles of law, you should be able to fairly predict the outcome of your case at trial.
If you are ever in a law library, and feel awed by the number of thick and imposing books, the above is about all that is in there, said thousands of different ways, and applied to thousands of different case facts, each beginning with something gone wrong in the simple transactions encountered in daily life.
A court is a legal repair shop. Take your cause of action, your unique mixture of the facts and the law, to the courthouse seeking that your legal rights in your legal claim be adjusted in your favor. You will have your broken legal rights mended by showing the people there your specific problem, why you should win and what it will take to restore you from the injury of legal wrong.
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