Definition - What does Civil mean?

Civil means ordinary people as opposed to military or ecclesiastical. Civil is the term that denotes the society as a whole and the norms contained within it. Any law that relates to the running of the state or the regulations that each citizen is required to follow is referred to as civil law. This set of laws govern the day to day existence of citizens and state as well as the federal government practices.

Justipedia explains Civil

Most of civil law in the US is derived from the US Constitution. All citizens and visitors to the country are expected to follow all civil laws as set out by state and federal government. Failure to comply with civil laws will result in court action and fines. There are times where a breach of civil law is a criminal offense such as assault and battery. In those cases, the breach often results in jail time.

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