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Constitutional Law, division of powers, Charter, legal system, health care


To really understand the influence of law on any activity, one must first understand the influences on the creation of law. This chapter sets the context for that discussion of law, by explaining the structural aspects of the legal system. Those aspects include the sources of law in Canada, the forms that law can take, and the parties who are primarily responsible for creating and shaping the law. This chapter will be structured around the discussion of four things: constitutional law, non-constitutional law, decision-makers in the legal system and, finally, a case study illustrating those features in action.


From the Selected Works of Steve Coughlan.