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Why don't laws have examples?

The law does have examples They are called “judgements” Every case decided by a court is an example, in common law jurisdictions at least. When those cases are decided by an superior court they ...
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What happens if a law contains an error of fact?

Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893) is a famous "error of fact" case in the US. The situation was that there was an import tariff imposed on "vegetables in their natural state" ...
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Why is place of birth shown on European driving licences?

Name and date of birth are not sufficiently unique to identify a person. While name, date of birth, and place of birth do not have to be unique, either, it reduces the number of false positives. Also, ...
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Can bills (the documents of laws/legislation) have pictures? Or text only? Can images become part of the legal code?

Regulations - Yes, Acts of Parliament - very rarely In in the united-kingdom diagrams are found in regulations, for example legislation dealing with roadside symbols. There are two kinds of ...
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Are legislators ever asked to explain their intent in Supreme Court cases?

Many jurists do accept that it is appropriate to attempt to ascertain the "legislative intent" as part of the exercise of statutory interpretation, but legislative intent is not an aggregate ...
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What happens if a law contains an error of fact?

When a statute presents a general category and says that category "includes" some specific examples, those specific examples are deemed to belong to that category for the purpose of the ...
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Can bills (the documents of laws/legislation) have pictures? Or text only? Can images become part of the legal code?

There is no legal reason why pictures couldn't be in the text of a bill. I don't know of any examples in the main text of the US Code. However, it has been pointed out to me that Title 4 of the US ...
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Why don't laws have examples?

The problem with examples is that they shift our attention from the words that comprise the law, to the actual examples used. For example, the term "press" as used in the First Amendment used to refer ...
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What happens if a law contains an error of fact?

Does that make the capybara legally a "fish" for the purpose of that particular law? Yes. How would that affect courts trying to make determinations about what other things not ...
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Why don't laws have examples?

Laws can and do include examples Laws can and do include examples - for example, searching for the incantation "including but not limited to" in legislation draws up thousands of cases where laws ...
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Why is place of birth shown on European driving licences?

The document 2003/0252 (COD) provides background discussion of rationale for an earlier version of the regulation. Two important considerations regarding the EU licensing scheme are underscored: the ...
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Can bills (the documents of laws/legislation) have pictures? Or text only? Can images become part of the legal code?

While it isn't expressly forbidden, it is very rare to see this in legislature adopted statutes, which usually incorporate some other source by reference when there is an intent to do so. In contrast, ...
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Are legislators ever asked to explain their intent in Supreme Court cases?

One impediment to such explanations is that when hearing an appeal (as opposed to a case where SCOTUS has original jurisdiction), there are no witnesses testifying. An attorney for a party may argue, ...
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When does a bill become law?

tl;dr: no, they're not law yet. Background The two bills are different. A5217 proposes to create a juvenile alternative to the current community service program, and A1969 proposes changes to the ...
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Why *must* a defendant be present during a criminal trial?

SCOTUS has at least three times found that it is necessary for a defendant to be present at the beginning of a criminal trial in order to satisfy the Constitutional mandates regarding due process. So ...
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Can bills (the documents of laws/legislation) have pictures? Or text only? Can images become part of the legal code?

Bills and laws do not usually contain pictures or other images. However I know of no rule against including relevant images. Most often, a description in words is used instead of any image. For ...
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What happens if a law contains an error of fact?

Does that make the capybara legally a "fish" for the purpose of that particular law? Yes. I actually just dealt with this issue on the municipal level. A project of mine was before the ...
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Can bills (the documents of laws/legislation) have pictures? Or text only? Can images become part of the legal code?

australia I cannot think of any primary legislation (acts of Parliament) that has illustrations but there is no reason they couldn’t. It’s not common but some subordinate legislation (regulations, ...
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Are legislators ever asked to explain their intent in Supreme Court cases?

switzerland Not explicitly. The court isn't (as far as I'm aware) going to ask the lawmakers for a statement during a trial. This would be quite difficult, because typically the law is drafted by some ...
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Are legislators ever asked to explain their intent in Supreme Court cases?

hungary Maybe an interesting detail, bills in Hungary are drafted together with an explanatory memorandum that is supposed to describe the societal, economical and legal reasons, intentions and ...
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Legalistic reading of passport Law

The key word is "uses". What does it mean to use a passport? It means providing it as evidence of identity. No one acting in a movie is attempting to convince anyone else - in real life - of their ...
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s 4(3) Theft Act 1968 — Why is picking wild produce on another person's land not theft?

The Theft Act 1968 replaces the Larceny Act 1916, which replaces in part the Larceny Act 1901, ad nauseum. In the current act, the exception is accomplished in the definitions section. Redefinition is ...
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Why *must* a defendant be present during a criminal trial?

I think it's because defendants could avoid trial to prevent identification, or to otherwise improperly disrupt the course of the proceedings: Despite some earlier authority to the contrary, courts ...
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Why *must* a defendant be present during a criminal trial?

Here on Law SE, we can answer questions about what the law is. We cannot be so eager to answer why it is what it is. While the basic purpose of the right to be present during trial, and to have a ...
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How can I learn information about the purpose, background, and other context of recent U.K. legislation?

Since 1999, explanatory notes have been included with most Acts. Explanatory notes are: created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets ...
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When does a bill become law?

Both contain the text "This act shall take effect immediately," which means it becomes law immediately when one of these actions occur: The Governor signs it The Governor vetoes it, but he ...
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Can bills (the documents of laws/legislation) have pictures? Or text only? Can images become part of the legal code?

new-zealand Diagrams and maps have appeared within many pieces of primary legislation, generally included as a schedule to the Act (which is part of the legislation as passed) and referenced from one ...
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Can bills (the documents of laws/legislation) have pictures? Or text only? Can images become part of the legal code?

canada There is no general rules against including images or other non-textual symbols in legislations, including statutes (Acts), regulations and other orders under royal or other authorities. The ...
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