Intelligence Law School - Course 1: Lesson 4.3.1 Four Broad Categories of Statutes


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LESSON 4: STATUTORY LAW


4.3 Statutory Law and Federal Agencies Generally


4.3.1 Four Broad Categories of Statutes


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4.3.1 Four Broad Categories of Statutes

So that does it for our general discussion of the enactment and publication of federal statutory law.

As you can see, there is a mountain of statutory law in the U.S. Code. How do you make sense of it all?

Well, the U.S. Code makes it a little easier because it has already broken all statutes down and arranged them into a topical structure conducive to finding relevant law quickly in practice.

 

I can break it down even more for you, to give you a better handle on the general categories of statutes we’re going to be dealing with in the substantive intelligence law courses later on.

 

When I teach administrative law, which is based on statutory law, I break down the different kinds of statutes students will be studying into four basic categories:

 

Ø  Number 1 is Organic and Enabling Statutes;

Ø  Number 2: Framework Statutes;

Ø  Number 3: Penal Statutes; and

Ø  Number 4: General Management Statutes.

 

Just 4 simple categories of statutes:

 

Ø  Organic and Enabling Statutes;

Ø  Framework Statutes;

Ø  Penal Statutes; and

Ø  General Management Statutes.

 

There are other ways to breakdown the categories of statutes, but I find this way is the most useful for understanding statutes in the context of statutory law governing federal administrative agencies.  

 

Ø  Organic and Enabling Statutes;

Ø  Framework Statutes;

Ø  Penal Statutes; and

Ø  General Management Statutes.

 

These four simple categories aren’t official or anything, just a convenient taxonomy to help you organize the different relevant statutes codified throughout the U.S. Code.

 

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