Ethics: U.S. Legal System
August 23, 2012
Why is ethics such an important topic of discussion? Choosing what is right or wrong leads to many dilemmas every day. Being knowledgeable on ethics can be helpful to people when facing ethical decisions. The U.S legal system has set forth rules and principles that are to be followed to ensure that our legal system promotes good ethics. This paper will discuss what ethics is, how it ties to our legal system, and the role judges play in promoting good ethics.
What is Ethics? Ethics is defined as an individual’s beliefs and ideas about what is right and wrong (Editorial Board). The U.S is filled with all different kinds of people who have different beliefs. We, as individuals, live in a place where legal and ethical limits are pushed beyond recognition. The scope of what’s considered right and wrong among people is extremely wide spread. Because of this, a legal system is put into place. It is imperative that the U.S has a set of rules and statutes as guidelines for society to follow. Otherwise, the U.S would be chaotic with individuals doing whatever they desire with no limitations. The structure of the U.S. Legal System is made up of several laws on federal, state, and local levels. The U.S constitution is the supreme law of a country that establishes the framework for government, the legal system, and human rights (Editorial Board). Laws on other levels cannot over rule what is set in the U.S Constitution. Ethics must be studied in order for a person to understand what is right and wrong and conduct themselves accordingly. Law officials are among those to study and understand ethics in order to rationally separate their personal morals from those of the law. The officials have rules and standards such as those outlined in the U.S Constitution on the federal, state, and local levels that allow them to make ethical decisions in accordance of the law. Jurisprudence is the...
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