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Is it stealing if three books are allowed to be taken for free and I take more?

This has been prosecuted criminally, in the scenario of people taking a huge pile of "free" newspapers to sell for recycling. See coverage in the Independent from 16 February 2019. Some ...
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As an employer, can I compel my employees to vote?

Nobody so far has discussed Electoral law e.g. Representation of the People Act 1983 There are various clauses that may be relevant, one of which is: A voter shall be guilty of bribery if before ...
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Do courts generally run at a loss, run at a profit, or generally break even?

This isn’t a matter of law in (in the US at least), but rather politics and civil service design. Courts are a public service and should run at a loss. Likewise the police department. Water and ...
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Is there a contract, or was this offer not accepted?

The contract was made the moment Mr. E asked for the cake, the baker agreed to make it, and (while or shortly before) the baker created a receipt ("ticket") at around 1 PM. The receipt is ...
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What was the original idea behind the practice of courtroom wigs?

The courtroom wig actually dates from an era centuries ago when it was common for the upper classes to shave their heads and wear wigs - a practice that arose for hygiene reasons. That is, at the time ...
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Alice's restaurant profiteering from those with allergies

Is she committing unlawful discrimination or otherwise behaving in an unlawful manner? No. She would be — if she was saying like "customers with Celiac disease pay £14, others £10". But ...
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By what provisions are foreign students not allowed to work as deliveroo drivers?

Deliveroo requires riders to have the right to work self-employed. The Immigration Rules for the Tier 4/Student visa say that foreign students may not be self-employed. ST 26.5. A Student is not ...
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Can someone be charged with the murder of unidentified victims?

Yes, a person can be charged with the murder of person or persons unknown The reason that police are really keen to identify the victim include (in no particular order): It will probably clear up a ...
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Do cats have a "right to roam" in the UK?

The statement that cats cannot commit trespass is technically true, but is also a misreading of ss.4 and 4A of the Animals Act. Those sections replace a common-law doctrine called "cattle ...
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Is there any criminal implication of falsifying documents demanded by a private party?

All fraud is criminal One of the types of fraud in the UK is “making a dishonest representation for your own advantage”. Lying to a prospective landlord in order to secure a lease is fraud.
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As an employer, can I compel my employees to vote?

Enforcement by firing a person could be a problem. There are specific allowed reasons to fairly fire an employee, which does not include "failure to vote". The description of unfair reasons includes, ...
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Is it an offence to disregard a no-contact court order when the other person is extremely complicit?

united-states Will Bob face repercussions for violating his court orders conditions when it was done with the full active complicity of Alice, if Alice then decides she would like to use this mutual ...
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What is the status (and value) of the day’s unsold newspapers being put out for collection by the paper boy?

Paper put out for waste collection is owned by the waste disposal service Abdul's News & Wine contracts with the city's waste disposal company. Under that contract, he may give his waste to the ...
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Who owns the rights to the questions on Stack Exchange?

This seems to be a mix of question about law and a meta-question about this site, but I'll treat it as an on-topic question about law. The author of a question, or answer, owns the copyright to their ...
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Under what statute can an English judge 'sentence' someone to read classic literature?

Section 277 of the Sentencing Act 2020 provides: 277 Suspended sentence order for person aged 21 or over: availability (1) This section applies where, in dealing with an offender for an offence, a ...
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Is it legal to own a photo of someone and spread it around without their permission?

Copyright The photographer, not the subject(s) own the copyright in the picture. So, unless this was a selfie, you have no rights in the picture. Privacy If the photo was taken in circumstances where ...
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Why was the house of lords seen to have such supreme legal wisdom as to be designated as the court of last resort in the UK?

The origin of Parliament was from the curia regis, the King's Court. In that early form, the King's Court exercised both judicial and legislative functions. In 1215, with the Magna Carta and the ...
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Is there anything to stop a private business from barring a previous customer who takes a civil action against it?

A business has the right to refuse service, except in the case of unlawful discrimination. "Sued us" is not a protected characteristic. Unless part of the settlement was that the business ...
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Can a private person deceive a defendant to obtain evidence?

england-and-wales Admission of the confession is at the discretion of the court PACE s78 gives the court the discretion to decide on the admissibility of confessions obtained if it appears to the ...
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Why would a savvy, skillful lawyer refuse to apply to be a Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales?

There are several reasons why a person might not want to apply for appointment as Queen's Counsel. The most obvious one is that an applicant can never be sure that their application will be successful....
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Can a private person deceive a defendant to obtain evidence?

united-states The confession is inadmissible, as it is protected by attorney-client privilege. Although Nirmal was in fact not an attorney at all, the conversation would have been privileged if the ...
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Is it stealing if three books are allowed to be taken for free and I take more?

If something is given away for free it still belongs to the person giving it away. Until they give it away. They don't give away more than 3 books per visit. If one takes more, they steal the excess, ...
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Would publicly farting on a picture of the English monarch actually qualify as treason in 1798?

The cartoon may call back to events of 1795, where George III had stones thrown at him while he was on his way to the State Opening of Parliament. In response, the government - headed by Pitt the ...
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False written accusations not made public - is there law to cover this?

Defamation requires communication to a third-party I can say (or write) anything I want about a person directly to that person and, unless it is a threat, they have no recourse at all. I can call ...
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In the UK, can a landlord/agent add new tenants to a joint tenancy agreement without the consent of the current tenants?

No All parties must agree to change a contract. On the face of it, the New Tenant has to be “acceptable to both the Landlord and the remaining individual or individuals comprising the Tenant (the ...
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What is the origin and basis of stare decisis?

I assume you are asking about horizontal stare decisis: a court following its own previous holdings or those of courts of coordinate jurisdiction (e.g. courts at the same "level" in the ...
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Land Registry Clause

I would assume that the seller ('Transferor') still owned numbers 7 and 11 at the time of the sale. If so, this clause means that the owners of 7 and 11 (now and in the future) have a right of way on ...
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