Legalities

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The principle of legality is the legal ideal that requires all law to be clear, ascertainable and non-retrospective. It requires decision makers to resolve disputes by applying legal rules that have been declared beforehand, and not to alter the legal situation retrospectively by discretionary departures from established law. It is closely related to legal formalism and the rule of law and can be traced from the writings of Feuerbach, Dicey and Montesquieu.

The principle has particular relevance in criminal and administrative law. In criminal law it can be seen in the general prohibition on the imposition of criminal sanctions for acts or omissions that were not criminal at the time of their commission or omission. The principle is also thought to be violated when the sanctions for a particular crime are increased with retrospective effect.

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  • Hidden contracts: do you know what you're signing?
    When is the last time you signed a contract?  Months ago, years ago, never?  You may have signed one, without even knowing it.  We are basically entering into a contract every time we go online and click the "I agree" button.  But what exactly are you agreeing to?  Here are some of the hidden legalities in those "terms of agreement" pop up Read more on this news related to 'Legalities'
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    Mohan Foundation holds meet in city. The definition of "brain death" and the legalities involved were also dealt with in detail. Read more on this news related to 'Legalities'

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