Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Regulating Health Care
Lecture:Branches of Government and the Configuration of the U.S. Judicial System
Slide content:Classification of Laws Civil or private law Relationships between people Relationships between people and organizations Relationships between organizations Includes family, property, inheritance, corporate, contract, and tort law Public law Relationships between people and the government 11
Slide notes:The law has two major divisions: private and public. Private law is usually called civil law. It deals with relationships between people; relationships between people and organizations such as businesses; and relationships between organizations. Just as private relationships can be complicated, there are many kinds of civil law. For example, family law, also called domestic relations law, concerns the relationships between current or former spouses or between parents and their children. Property law involves disputes about the ownership of land. Contract law and torts law are discussed later in this lecture. Public law deals with the relationships between people and the government. For example, the law says you cannot engage in certain acts, such as stealing. Criminal law and administrative law are two major areas of public law. 11