Constitutional law is an academic body of law that defines the legal relationship, scope, and structure of various political entities in a country, namely, the government, the Houses of Parliament or the Senate, and the courts; and as such it is an extremely important study for everyone who wants to learn about the workings of the country. Constitutional law covers all aspects of public life in a country, from the constitution drafted by the founding generation, to the way certain laws are applied in a country today. It is an incredibly complicated area of law, covering everything from presidential power, to the functioning of the House of Representatives and Senate, down to local taxation and civil status issues. This article will give you an overview of some of the most interesting topics related to constitutional law.
One of the most important things you should know about constitutional law is that it was not created to be a source of information for the everyday person. The reason it is so difficult to understand is that unlike many other areas of law, it was designed and built on the idea that judges are not supposed to second-guess the elected members of the legislature. The framers of the US Constitution placed checks and balances into place to prevent the courts from becoming too powerful. In fact, in the modern era, judges often have to recuse themselves from cases that involve matters that they are not really keen on. This means that the courts check and balances are extremely effective, but they are never used to strip power from the elected branches of government. Continue reading