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what is the difference between an act and a law?
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Both words, naturally, have several meanings. However, with respect to your question, this is the answer:
1. Act is a legal document (in written form) passed by a legislator to regulate certain area of social behaviour. It is one of the sources of law. In the Continental legal system, this is the most common form of law. When citing provisions of the Civil Code, you will refer to it as:
section ....... of the act no. ............... Civil Code as amended
The word statute is often use to refer to act as well.

2. Law is generally a system of rules of behaviour covering all sources of law (including acts). Thererfore, no confusion between these words can be made. On the other hand the word law is also used when generally referring to legal regulation of certain situations by saying: "Under the relevant law ..." or when explaining the legal circumstances of a case "the Slovak law requires a written form for such contracts".
So, if you are referring to specific statute, use the word act, but if you are generally referring to legal regulation of certain situation, use the word law.
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Lawyee
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SO AM I RIGHT IN THINKING THAT LAWS REQUIRE NO CONSENT WHEREAS AN ACT OR STATUTE REQUIRES THE CONSENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL NOT THE CONSENT OF THE MASSES? THE ACT OR STATUTE WOULD CARRY THE FORCE OF LAW WHEN CONSENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED
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An 'act', in British English, has passed through parliament, been approved, and is now part of the law of the land. The word 'law' is less precise.
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Laws and acts do not require the assent of an ordinary, unelected individual.

Clive.
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Act can only have the force of law when agreed to. This is a maxim of law. Which basically means it isn't law unless there is agreement of the parties. (Contract). A drivers licence, Hunting Licence, etc would be proof of contract. Basically what it boils down to is this.

1,. Criminal Code - Deals with Crime. Murder, Theft, Assault, Property Damage etc.
2. Acts - Contract Terms.
3. Bylaws - Corporate Policies, which are only applicable to corporate employees.

Many people lump all the above under "law" which is not the case. There are major differences which is why they have different classifications.
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