Unauthorised Encampments and the Law

The law can be defined as a system of rules that has been created to regulate human behaviour and that is usually enforced through social institutions and the government. The law is usually developed by the legislature arm of the government or other groups that have the mandate and the power to oversee certain groups or operations within the society. The legal system on the other hand is the systems put in place to interpret and enforce the law. The legal system can be divided into three major categories; civil law, religious law and the common law and equity.


Unauthorised encampment


This can be defined as camping outside the designated camping areas. It may occur both on private or public land. Unauthorised encampment is a criminal offense that can be prosecuted. As a land owner, you may call the police to assist you with any form of traveller eviction when they have illegally camped on your property especially if you have asked them to leave but they did not heed. This can also be done when they have caused any form of damage to the property or to any structure that has been erected on the land. You can collaborate with different local authorities and the police to remove and prosecute any unauthorised encampment on your property.

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Different types of law

Civil law is the arm of the law that governs almost all states. This law is developed by the legislative arm of the government. It is mainly documented in the constitution or statutes. The Common law and equity system recognises decisions made by the courts as law. In this system, decisions made by courts of higher ranks are binding on all lower courts. Although its origin was in England, the common law and equity has been adopted by many other countries including the United States of America. Religious law is based on religion and therefore differs across religions. While Christians have the canon law, Muslims have sharia law and Jews have Halakha.


Other Types of law

There are many other classification of laws across the world. Property law gives guidelines on possession and ownership of different types of property while tax laws govern the taxation policies in any given state. Corporate law governs how different corporate entities relate and transact amongst themselves or with individuals. International law governs relationships among states while immigration law regulatecitizenship, the rights of foreigners, visiting, living and working in foreign countries. Labour law governs the relationship among employers, their employees and the labour unions or organisations in the country.


How the law is evolving

Different types of laws evolve as the world changes to accommodate the changes in the way human beings relate with each other. The changes in ethics, morality, social values and advancement in technology all have an impact on the laws governing any society. Therefore, the common law, civil law and the religious laws have to evolve to accommodate these changes. In some cases, a single event may have the ability to change the laws or the legal system. For example, in the case of a terrorist attack or a major catastrophe, the government may change the laws to allow them to deal with the major event effectively.