What Is Law and Justice?

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The history of law and justice is the history of civilization, and law itself is only the blessed tie that binds human society together. Our ancestors had no idea of redress beyond vengeance, or of justice beyond only individual reprisal. The law, like everything we do and like everything we say, is a heritage from the past. We just follow in their footsteps and carry on with it, and keep it in today's society, only to prevent chaos and keep a social society running smoothly. Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hebrews all shared something common in their ideas of laws. It was that they basically created laws to keep a society organized and if certain people broke the laws then harsh justice is done to them. The Romans and the Greeks had similarities in their laws; they made their own laws, there was a code of laws and court and legal systems. Hebrews based their law on 10 commandments, while the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Babylonians based theirs of what they chose. They put fear in their society to scare them and make sure they didn't break the law.

Hammurabi's code was very rough to the society, especially if you were a seignior. The bad thing about this code is that if you stole anything or did something worse, they shall put you to death. The only good thing about the code was, that if you caught a slave and brought him back to his master, then the master paid you 2 shekels of silver. Hammurabi's code had common laws and justice with certain ancient civilizations, while the same thing goes with significant differences. Today's law and justice toward society is much different to ancient civilizations when it come to the death penalty, but other than that, it's pretty much the same. I agree and I'm thankful for the progressed in mankind's concepts of law and justice cuz it gives us a second chance to learn not to make the same mistakes. Everyone knows right from wrong, but if we get a second chance it makes most of us, stop and think about our actions before...
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