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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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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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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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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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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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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 does the US FLSA have a separate classification for "Computer Employees"?

Why does the US FLSA have a separate classification for “Computer Employees”? Based on the rationale in 29 CFR 541.3(a), one may infer that FLSA seeks to protect workers who perform work ...
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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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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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How would the law handle a "merge conflict"?

what is the state of the law with the valid parts of Bill B? If by "valid" you mean the sections which are unrelated to Bill/Law A, then they retain their status just as if the court had not stricken ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can bills (the documents of laws/legislation) have pictures? Or text only? Can images become part of the legal code?

The law about the state stamp and the state flag of Republic of Bulgaria pretty much contains depictions of the state stamp and the state flag, as well as mechanical drawings (with dimensions) of the ...
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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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Does using a spell checker online mean I'm automated and required to disclose myself as a bot to California?

“I know it when I see it” is perfectly sensible law The application of the law is not algorithmic, it involves discretion all the way down. The legislature established a general rule which will allow ...
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Ambiguous legislation and government advice

In interpreting a statute, New Zealand courts must conform to the Legislation Act 2019, which says that The meaning of legislation must be ascertained from its text and in the light of its purpose ...
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s 4(3) Theft Act 1968 — Why is picking wild produce on another person's land not theft?

I cannot provide a reason based on English law, but possibly the explanations provided for the former (until 31.12.1974) German law may assist. The concept was called Mundraub (Wikipedia, German and ...
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Does credit need to be immediate after using the material?

Exactly how and where credit must be given depends on the exact terms of the license, and may not be the same for all permissive licenses. The various CC licenses require that attribution be given ......
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Why don't laws have examples?

When you refer to "laws" here, you mistakenly assumed that all "laws" are statutes (laws adopted through the legislature / political process). Statutes are adopted and/or changed over time and the ...
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s 4(3) Theft Act 1968 — Why is picking wild produce on another person's land not theft?

Why does s 4(3) count this out as theft? Because it does. Statues that say X is a crime except if Y are very common. Why the drafters of the law decided this is off-topic for this site. If I had to ...
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Both expended and encumbered or can be one

Does expended refer to by the Board of Public works? Yes. If one has funds that remain unexpended but no funds that are not unencumbered, are the funds unexpended subject to cancelation? As ...
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If legislative intent is considered when interpreting laws, why don't lawmakers attach a note to the law explaining their intentions?

[W]hy isn't there an official system to record it? Existing Systems Sometimes there is. For example, the Uniform Commercial Code and many of the other Uniform and Model Act that are adopted by state ...
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Congressional History and Legislative Intent of Statute 18 U.S.C.1832

The current law as encoded in 18 USC 1832 is the result of Pub. L. 104–294 Title I passed in 1996, then amended in 2012 and again in 2016. Legislative intent is irrelevant to the question of ...
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