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''Tort law'' is a branch of civil law, as is family law. Other branches of civil law include contract law, property law, and the law on negligence.  
 
''Tort law'' is a branch of civil law, as is family law. Other branches of civil law include contract law, property law, and the law on negligence.  
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Criminal law mostly deals with regulatory legislation, laws created by the government that list the things we're not supposed to do and the range of potential penalties for doing those things. Legislation that falls under this heading includes the ''[http://canlii.ca/t/7vf2 Criminal Code]'', the ''[http://canlii.ca/t/7vtc Controlled Drugs and Substances Act]'', and the ''[http://canlii.ca/t/7vx2 Youth Criminal Justice Act]''.
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Criminal law mostly deals with regulatory legislation, laws created by the government that list the things we're not supposed to do and the range of potential penalties for doing those things. Legislation that falls under this heading includes the ''[http://canlii.ca/t/7vf2 Criminal Code]'', the ''[http://canlii.ca/t/7vtc Controlled Drugs and Substances Act]'', and the ''[http://canlii.ca/t/7vx2 Youth Criminal Justice Act]''.  
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Criminal law deals with a person's offences against the rules of the state.  
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Criminal law deals with a person's offences against the rules of the state. Tort law, on the other hand, deals with a person's offences against other people, such as personal injuries, motor vehicle accidents, negligence, assault and battery, trespass, and so forth.  
 
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Tort law, on the other hand, deals with a person's offences against other people, such as personal injuries, motor vehicle accidents, negligence, assault and battery, trespass, and so forth.  
      
The legal definition of a tort is "a breach of a duty owed by someone to someone else which gives rise to a cause of action," like a duty not to hit someone, a duty to drive carefully, or a duty not to dig a hole in your lawn that someone might fall into. Generally speaking, these sort of civil offences aren't set out in laws the way that the rules against robbery or rape are set out in ''Criminal Code''; they're creatures of the common law, the law that the courts have created.
 
The legal definition of a tort is "a breach of a duty owed by someone to someone else which gives rise to a cause of action," like a duty not to hit someone, a duty to drive carefully, or a duty not to dig a hole in your lawn that someone might fall into. Generally speaking, these sort of civil offences aren't set out in laws the way that the rules against robbery or rape are set out in ''Criminal Code''; they're creatures of the common law, the law that the courts have created.

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