Criminal Vs. Civil Law by: Devon Shaw

Criminal law is when a citizens right to live in peace is disturbed. Someone under criminal law that is found guilty can then be incarcerated or fined for their wrong doings. Criminal law is filed by government Vs. individual or businesses. The standard of proof for criminal cases is "beyond reasonable doubt". The jury of the court must unanimously agree before the defendant is convicted of a crime.

Examples: Theft, assault, robbery, murder, etc.

finger prints will be taken along with being convicted of the crime.
these men will both be convicted and set to jail for robbing this bank

Civil law is when a wrong has been done between two individuals or organizations. Civil law filed by Plaintiff Vs. Defendant. During civil law, the plaintiff must give proof of wrong doings that are unbiased to the court. Usually financial compensation will be rewarded for injuries or damages done.

Examples: Landlord/tenant disputes, divorce proceedings, child custody proceedings, personal injury, property disputes

these men have agreed on a contract between themselves and if one breaks the contract there will most likely be financial compensation to the partner.
This couple is probably divorced and is fighting over child custody of their daughter

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