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Equal Protection of the Law

Definition - What does Equal Protection of the Law mean?

Equal Protection of the Law means that all citizens should have their rights protected equally under the law, and they should be treated equally by the court system. In other words, Equal Protection of the Law means that all citizens should be treated fairly in regards to the legal system. No biases or prejudices should be allowed. No matter what ethnicity or socioeconomic status, etc, all citizens should be treated equally according to the Fourteenth Amendment.

Justipedia explains Equal Protection of the Law

The term Equal Protection of the Law is a check against any potential biases that would harm the legal rights of any citizen. In the United States, all citizens are afforded the same rights in the Constitution. This ensures that all citizens are entitled to equal treatment when it comes to exercising these rights in the legal system. Equal Protection of the Law helps to ensure that due process is upheld. It is designed to prevent any group of people from receiving unfair treatment because of discrimination.

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