For questions about laws related to crime.

Criminal law, as distinct from ยน, deals with the regulation of social conduct.

Where civil law generally compensates the plaintiff for damages caused as a result of misconduct, criminal law tends to be punitive.

Commonly, although a victim is required for criminal charges to be brought, it is not the victim that brings it, but the state. This reflects the notion that a transgression against the community, in addition to the individuals.

1. Civil law, in this case, refers to laws regulating private relations between members of a community, rather than the alternate