Learning about Law: Why do we follow the law?

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WHAT IS LAW? WHY DO WE HAVE LAWS? WHY SHOULD WE FOLLOW LAWS IF WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THEM?
What law is can sometimes be hard to understand. We know that the law is something that affects how we live. The law keeps safe the freedoms that we can enjoy. The law stops us from behaving in certain ways. For a peaceful society to live together in harmony, following the law is often a good place to start.
WHY IS THE LAW IMPORTANT?

  1. It protects us.
  2. It frees us.
  3. It brings us together.

Think of any laws that exist in your country. Who do you think they are they there to help? The law of any country should be created to work for the people of that nation. Law brings society together.

PROTECTION
The law protects us in our day to day life. It protects us against the abuse of the society that we live in. We are lucky to have family and friends who can protect us. The law is a system that also protects us when someone has done something wrong. The law helps us to find a proper remedy for what has happened to us. The law helps to punish people who choose to break the law. The law can also protect us if we get into trouble ourselves. The law provides defences and safety measures which mean that we can remain innocent until it is proven that we are guilty. This is a vital reason why following the law is important. If we don’t, it is possible that people can be taken to prison or ordered to pay fines when they haven’t had the chance to offer an explanation.
LIBERATION
The law protects us and it can also free us. It can be hard to see how rules can be liberating but having a stable set of laws equals freedom. Laws that are followed by everyone in the community mean we can live as we want in our day to day lives. We can live free from worry and fear that someone might not live as peacefully as we do and cause problems for us. Our children can grow up in a society that sees key freedoms as good for us. Key freedoms include the right to vote, the right to an education, and the right to liberty. These freedoms which are set out in law make sure that society is organised and also remains free. If the right to liberty – living freely – was taken away we would not have a safeguard to protect our freedom.
INCLUSION
All people are equal before the law. It should be created by our governments. Our governments should be chosen by us or respected by us to look after our families and our society. In giving other people this permission to govern our lives we don’t give permission to people who might abuse the law-making system. We are all united by the same duties. Laws let us enjoy the rights that are given to us. We can enjoy our rights to vote and rights to enjoy family life. As well as these rights we have a collective responsibility to uphold certain things in exchange for the law. We should ensure we pay our taxes and make sure our children are educated. This give-and-take is important so that everyone can be included in contributing to a democratic society. The law does not apply to some people more than others: everyone has equal enjoyment of the law.

SAMARA BRACKLEY

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