(iii) Substantive law or procedural law?

Substantive law establishes people's rights and duties.126 Procedural law governs the way the justice system works—'the rules of the contest'. Your problem may raise issues of both types of law. Many legal resources separate substantive law from procedural law. So choosing the category that applies to you can help you to find the right starting point.127 The table in the next section, 'Areas of law', might help you identify whether your problem involves substantive law or procedural law.

126 We have based this section on Stephen Elias and Susan Levinkind, Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law (13th ed, 2005) 4/5.

127 Stephen Elias and Susan Levinkind, Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law (13th ed, 2005) 4/5.

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