Law vs Statute
The words law and statute confuse a majority of those people not having in depth knowledge in the process of lawmaking. A third word act adds to this misery. However, there are subtle differences between law and statute that will be highlighted in this article.
The written laws of a country that have been passed by its legislative body are known as statutes. There are also statutes of an organization such as a company or a university. There are unwritten laws of a country, but they are not called statutes. Statutes are not laws that are made by courts or issued by governments as ordinances. Statutes have primacy over all other laws, and thus those are sometimes called black letter laws. Statutes are published in 2 forms of which one is chronological where statues are written in the same order as they are passed by the legislature. The other form is codification where statutes are classified according to the category in which they fall. For a statute to become a law, it requires the seal of approval of the highest executive of the country, which is often the President of the country.
All the rules and regulations that are required to maintain a community, organization, society, or a country are referred as its laws. Laws regulate the behavior of the members of the community. There are property laws, constitutional laws, contract law, criminal law, religious law, and even international law governing relations between nations. In a democracy, there is the rule of the law, which indicates it is a fair system of rule.
What is the difference between Law and Statute?
• Technically speaking, law is an idea presented in the form of a bill and passed by the two houses of legislature yet to be ratified by the President while statutes are laws that have been written and codified.
• Laws may be written or unwritten, and those that are written are called statutes.