Law inspired by old Roman Law, the primary feature of which was that laws were written into a collection; codified, and not determined, as is common law, by judges. The principle of civil law is to provide all citizens with an accessible and written collection of the laws which apply to them and which judges must follow.
Law, other than the criminal law, eg: law relating to contracts, compensation for injuriesâ€¢ Civil Courts
traces its roots to early Roman law. It pertains to those laws concerned with the rules and enforcement of private or civil rights. Unlike criminal law, civil law actions tend to seek personal compensation for the wrong done rather than seeking criminal punishment.