The criminal law sets out the definitions of criminal offences and the rules and procedures that apply when the police investigate an offence they think you've committed.
It is a system of laws concerned with punishment of individuals who commit crimes.
Maintain orderCriminal law provides predictability, letting people know what to expect from others. Without criminal law, there would be chaos and uncertainty.
Resolving disputesThe law makes it possible to resolve conflicts and disputes between quarrelling citizens. It provides peaceful, orderly wat to handle grievances.
Protecting individuals and propertyCriminal law protects citizens from criminals who would inflict physical harm on others and take their possessions.
Providing for smooth functioning of societyCriminal law enables the government to collect taxes, control pollution and accomplish other socially beneficial tasks.
Safeguarding civil liberties:Criminal law protects individual rights.
Criminal conductConsidered to be a wrong against the whole of a community rather than just a private individual
Criminal prosecutionIt involves the government deciding whether to punish an individual.