The law regulates every aspect of life. From the legal requirement of registering a child's birth to regulating what happens to property after death, the law dictates what can and cannot legally be done.
There are many different areas of law:
Civil law covers private matters between individuals. Although there are many different types of cases dealt with under civil law, examples would include:
Criminal law covers crime or offences. This includes violent crime, such as murder and assault, or property crime, such as theft or vandalism.
The age at which children can be tried under criminal prosecution in Scotland is 12-years-old. 12-years-old children can also be referred to the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration, not the Procurator Fiscal. In the rest of the UK, there is no Children's Reporter Administration.