Law is frequently understood as a system of policies that are created as well as imposed through social or governmental establishments to manage conduct.
Law is everywhere and that affects you even if you never committed a crime because there is so much more to the legal system than just criminal justice. Read the user’s license when you buy software or if you fly anywhere read the back of your plane ticket if you don’t believe me. Hopefully won’t be more entertaining than what you are watching now, but that are examples of the law. In general, courts have three basic foundations, only one of which you probably learned about in your history class. Courts settle disputes. In pre-modern history which is way easier to understand than post-modern history, kings performed these functions, but as states got bigger and more powerful become much easier to have specialized officially decide important issues like who owned the fox you caught on someone else’s land. Or what does the fox say, which was disrupted a lot back then? The second thing the courts do is probably you heard about in school or on television or perhaps while studying for the standardized test, and that interprets the laws. This becomes increasingly important when you actually try to read laws or when you realize that legislators are often not as they might be when writing laws in the first place. Take a look at the Affordable Care Act. There are a few famous careless errors in that.