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Procedure

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The methods by which legal rights are enforced; the specific machinery for carrying on a lawsuit, including process, the pleadings, RULES OF EVIDENCE, and rules of CIVIL PROCEDURE or CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.

The form, manner, and order of steps taken in conducting a lawsuit are all regulated by procedural law, which regulates how the law will be administered. SUBSTANTIVE LAW creates and defines rights that exist under the law.

CROSS-REFERENCES

Civil Procedure.

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