Substantive Law vs. Procedural Law: Definitions and Differences


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What is substantive law?

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1. What is procedural law?

2. A young man is arrested by his ex-wife's uncle, who is a policeman, and charged with disorderly conduct. Why must a judge carefully review the substance of charges?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Substantive law and procedural law work hand-in-hand. How much you know about these principles can be determined using this assessment, which covers the definitions of substantive law and procedural law, as well as the application of these legal principles.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the principles of substantive law and procedural law, including:

  • The definition of substantive law
  • The definition of procedural law
  • The definition of the substance of charges
  • The violation that exists when a person is arrested for a crime but is not told of his charges for a period of 79 hours
  • The right provided to citizens in the 14th Amendment

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as substantive law and procedural law
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how the 14th Amendment applies to procedural law and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how substantive law applies to criminal conduct and civil torts

Additional Learning

To learn more about law, review the accompanying lesson about substantive law vs. procedural law. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between substantive law and procedural law
  • Know how substantive law applies to criminal and civil situations
  • Define Substance of Charges and know how it applies to civil and criminal violations of the law
  • Know when procedural law is invoked
  • Understand the legal right that is embodied in the 14th Amendment and how it applies to procedural law
  • Differentiate between a No Contest Plea and a Plea Bargain