What Is The Difference Between Civil Law And Criminal Law?


The law can be divided into two broad branches; civil and criminal. Both branches have their own set of rules and processes, and both require different sets of knowledge. In most cases, lawyers will practice one or the other so a criminal lawyer won’t take on civil cases though they might offer advice. Some lawyers have the skill and experience to represent both sides efficiently. Here’s a look at the differences between these two fields.

What is Civil Law?


Civil Law deals with private disputes between people, organizations, and entities. These cases don’t involve violation of criminal law and are always filed by a private party. The judge presiding over the case will decide whether a party is liable or not and juries are rarely involved in such cases unless necessary.


What is Criminal Law?


Criminal law deals with crimes that cause physical, mental, or property damage in some formRead more

The B-BBEE Scorecard Explained

As a modern business imperative in South Africa, having the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) scorecard explained is vital to business success. Also known as simply BEE to many, having the BEE certificate that comes with meeting the requirements of the scorecard is essential to business being able to operate successfully. So here is a brief overview of what is expected in each of the five B-BBEE scorecard elements:



Ownership measures the black ownership of your business. The current ownership criteria require businesses to be 51% black owned to be fully compliant.

Management and Control

This element measures the participation of black people in the management and control of your business. Proving that your business includes black people in management is vital to your BEE certification because it proves that you are not involved in fronting practices, and that you are pursuing the true empowerment objectives of B-BBEE.… Read more

The New Tax Law: Will Small Businesses Benefit or Not?

The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill is going to affect everyone, from individual taxpayers to business owners. Will the new tax law bring benefits? Where can you get secure and affordable business funding? Just read this article and you’ll know.


New Tax Law: Need Business Funding for Your Company?

President Donald Trump signed the American Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December. According to Republicans, the tax law would result in economic growth. Democrats think it favors large corporations and wealthy individuals, which can’t be said about small businesses and individuals with lower income.

6 months ago, President Trump said that his sweeping tax reform would “bring back Main Street” by cutting down taxes on small businesses. The bill is associated with some of the most drastic changes made to personal and business income taxes in decades.

Rob Hassett, an attorney at Business Law Partners, notes that small … Read more