Could you tell me what is the difference between "penal law" and "criminal law"? Unfortunately, I can't find it in my dectionary.
Thank you.
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Hello Magda,

Under English law Criminal law & Penal law are the same as both of them defines the crime means conduct which is prohibited by the State.



In Canada, only the federal can make a criminal law, but both provinces and the federal can make a penal law. Only the federal can make laws on criminal issues. It would belongs to the judges to define what is a crime based on common law as it is not clearly define.

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Penal and criminal law are the same