penal code


penal code
penal code n: a code of laws concerning crimes and their punishments

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

penal code
n.
The codification of criminal law; criminal statutes.

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


penal code
a code setting out all or at least most of the main principles of the criminal law of a system. The UK has generally not followed this course. In the USA many states have turned the common law into codes or partial codes. Under the influence of the Napoleonic Code, the Code d'Instruction Criminelle of 1808 and the Code Pénal of 1810, many continental European states have adopted penal codes that require from time to time to be revised.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


penal code
n. The body of penal law as a whole.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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