codification | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction / Criminal Law

Codification is the process of collecting and arranging the laws of a jurisdiction into a single, organized, written code.

Codification is typically undertaken by the government or a legislative body in order to create a comprehensive and easily accessible legal code.

A legal code is a written collection of laws that pertain to a particular area of law or jurisdiction. It may be organized by subject matter, such as criminal law, contract law, or tort law, or it may be arranged chronologically. Legal codes may be enacted by the legislative branch of government or may be the product of judicial decisions that have been codified into law.

Codification is an important process in the legal system because it allows for the organization and clarification of the law and makes it easier for individuals to understand and comply with the law. Codification can also help to ensure the consistency and predictability of the law by providing a single, definitive source of legal authority.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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