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The Legal Advice Office offers affordable Legal Advice as well as Legal and Paralegal Services throughout South Africa.

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Criminal law vs civil law

Oscar Pistorius initially appeared in a local magistrate’s court, his bail hearing was in the regional court and his murder trial in the High Court.

As we have had quite a few queries over the last week about aspects of Criminal Law; we have decided to do a few blogs on various aspects of Criminal Law.

Firstly; it is important to understand that there are two large bodies of our law.

  1. Criminal Law and
  2. Civil Law.

Broadly speaking a criminal case is one where the accused is charged by the State in respect of a crime and Civil Law is the law as it is applied to different people and legal entities. To use an example for illustration: A is charged with Drunk Driving. The case is “The State (the Government, in fact, on behalf of the people of the country) versus A. “This is a criminal case and is heard in one of the criminal courts in the country.

common vs legislation law

Legislation is a law created by Parliament Common law is that system of our law handed down to us from generation to generation.

In response to a number of inquiries where it appears, there is a clear need to explain the difference between the various branches of SA Law including both civil law and criminal law; we will today discuss this topic in a short blog.

In the South African Legal System; we can differentiate between various spheres of the Law within that same system.

Initially; it is important to understand the difference between Common Law and Legislation.

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Strictly speaking, the three laws are all different and in separate categories of the law.

Consumer Law and some related fields:

The close relationship between Food Law, Medicine Law, and Consumer Protection Law are often mentioned interchangeably in the press; although strictly speaking they are all different and separate categories of the law.

We will today look at these three branches of the Law and see how they interact with one another.

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