Difference Between Laws and Acts
What is the difference between a law and an act?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: Difference Between Laws and Acts
What we recognize as the "Law" is derived from two basic sources: (a) "common law", which is developed based on the principal of "precedents". Courts hear cases and when they make decisions on certain issues those decisionsy can be binding on later cases that have similar issues;
(b) statutory law: the second source of law is when a legislative body such as congress passes a law. Such statutory law is enacted as "Acts" -- it's called that because such law is derived from an "act" of the legislative body.
So, to answer your question:
1. "Acts" ARE Statutes --- that is, they are laws made by congress.
2. "Law" in general includes both common law and statutes.
Lawrence R. Holzman, Esquire
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