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Black's Law Dictionary. It is the reference of choice for terms in legal briefs and court opinions and has been cited as a secondary legal authority in many U.S. Supreme Court cases.  The latest editions, including abridged and pocket versions, are useful starting points for the layman or student when faced with an unfamiliar legal term.What is the legal term for criminal law?
Criminal Law. A body of rules and statutes that defines conduct prohibited by the government because it threatens and harms public safety and welfare and that establishes punishment to be imposed for the commission of such acts. The term criminal law generally refers to substantive criminal laws.What is the definition of criminal law?
The definition of criminal law is a body of legal regulations made by federal and state legislatures as well as by judges who set precedent (called common law). An example of criminal law is laws prohibiting murder in the US.