substantive law
substantive law n: law that creates or defines rights, duties, obligations, and causes of action that can be enforced by law compare adjective law, procedural law
◇ There are restrictions on applying new substantive law (as statutory or case law) retroactively.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

substantive law
n.
The part of law that defines rights and duties rather than procedural methods of enforcing those rights, i.e., the law of contract, tort, property, trusts and estates, etc., as opposed to civil procedure.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


substantive law
Statutory or written law that governs the rights and obligations of everyone within its jurisdiction. It defines crimes and punishments, as well as civil rights and responsibilities. Compare: procedural law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


substantive law
n. The law that governs the merits of a matter or transaction, as opposed to procedural law; for instance, laws relating to manslaughter are "substantive," while laws pertaining to speedy trial, use of confessions, etc., are procedural.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


substantive law
The part of the law that creates, defines, and regulates rights, including, for example, the law of contracts, torts (See tort law), wills, and real property; the essential substance of rights under law.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


substantive law
I
The part of the law that creates, defines, and regulates rights, including, for example, the law of contracts, torts, wills, and real property; the essential substance of rights under law.
II The statutory or written law that governs rights and obligations of those who are subject to it.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

substantive law
n.
   law which establishes principles and creates and defines rights limitations under which society is governed, as differentiated from "procedural law," which sets the rules and methods employed to obtain one's rights and, in particular, how the courts are conducted.
   See also: procedure

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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