Rules in our society areof vital significance, as they are the only way we can co-exist with our fellowcitizens in harmony and freedom. Although from a young age we despise any rulesplaced upon us, it eventually becomes clear that without any rules, laws or guidelineswe simply cannot function as a society.
The rules we ae expected to abide by allowus to live in safer environment, protect our basichuman rights and keep overall peace through the ways of resolution. Rules allow us to establishcodes of behavior, which in turn provides us with a safer environment. Someways in which codes of behaviour set boundaries includeplacing restrictions on behaviour and prohibiting certain types of behaviour. Behavioursare prohibited when it is considered to be dangerous to others.
In criminal lawthis can include acts against a person that violate a person’s right to feel safeand secure. An example of these criminal acts includes rape, theft and murder,as this is harmful to society as a whole. Other restrictions can regulate thebehaviour of private individuals, this is in civil law. Laws that concern anindividuals behaviour include trespassing, negligence, defamation and nuisance.Once these behavioural codes on conduct have been breached we also further needlaws and rules to send offenders to correctional facilities. However, once anact against a person, or any other type of law is broken, this is when there isa division in our society. Many people are left to question how effective thelaw is, and the general consensus is that our legal system is costly and isn’t working.This is evident in an article titled ‘Australia’s prison system isn’t working.
It need urgent attention’, written by Jane Fynes-Clinton of The Courier Mail. Shegoes onto say ‘the need for recalibrating the criminal justice system has neverbeen greater’. So although its obvious that we need rules as a society, the debateseems to be around the rules used to rule out, in this case, sanctions.
Rules within our society mean that we have rightsas citizens, specifically human rights. This means not only do we haveanti-discrimination law, but these rules also limit the power of our governmentand regulates the freedom of citizens. Another extremely important right basedon the rule of law is Australian democracy. These rules not only restricts thepower of our government and the influence of arbitrary power, gives us theright to a fair trial, but allows us free speech. This along with many morebenefits. This became an increasinglyimportant point when reading ‘ Mandatory minimum sentences and populist criminaljustice policy do not work- here’s why’ authored by Kate Fitz-Gibbon and JamesRoffee. The article discusses the proposed changes to the criminal justicesystem, from the Victorian Liberal Party. In one of the last statements ‘Sincethe Victorian Liberals’ announcement, the proposal for mandatory minimumsentencing has been met with significant criticism from the legal and academiccommunity.
Their concerns are well founded’ there was an obvious display offreedom of speech. The fact that there is a rule of law that allows people to voicetheir criticisms against the Victorian Liberal Party is a clear sign that thissection of the law is effective.