I am starting offf a series of Laymen's Guide to law. I just want to increase the awareness of people around regarding the laws around them. As i am an Indian, i will stick to only laws applicable in India. I am not writing any law book or dictionary, just a normal Informative sessions.....
Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat - IGNORANCE OF LAW IS NOT AN EXCUSE IN LAW
Remember this golden rule. Next time, dont go to the Court/Lawyer and tell that " Hey I didnt know that there was a rule/law like__"- " Please excuse me this time, wont commit the mistake again"...cause doing so wont help you.. You might wonder??? there are thousands of Rules, regulations, bye-laws and Acts passed by different governments, corporations and other local authorities authorised to make laws...and this list is increasing every day....How can a normal person be expected to know all these??
Sadly you are expected to know all of them. Once published in an Official Gazette( a government Paper), it is known that a public person has knowledge of it. You dont need to master the laws, just know the laws and not break them!!!
But think of it, if criminal law had paved way for this rule as an exception or defence in law, EVERY CULPRIT( wrongdoer)/Defendant after committing an offence will take this defence and the prosecution( the side asking for the punishment of the other side or party seeking justice in criminal matters...although all times it is the STATE- as a criminal act against the society as a whole and not just an individual) will find it difficult to prove the opposite.
Interesting Facts: The burden of proof in criminal law is on the prosecution to prove the guilt of the Accused, who has to prove it beyond doubt...
India follows the principle of "Innocent until proven Guilty" ----- "LET 99 BAD PEOPLE GET AWAY BUT ONE INNOCENT MAN SHOULDNT BE PUNISHED!!!!!"
(If there is any mistake in the explanation/ law view,please correct me)