I noun act, arrangement of laws, arrangement of rules, arrangement of statutes, authoritative law, bill, bylaws, canon, capitulary, categorization of laws, collection of statutes, commandment, compendium, compilation, decree, doctrine, enactment, formalization of laws, formulation of laws, lawmaking, legislation, ordinance, precept, prescription, regulation, rule, rules and regulations, rulings, sanctions, scheduling, scheme, set of rules, standardization of laws, statute, statute book, statute law, system, system of laws, system of regulations, systematic arrangement of laws, systematization of laws, tabulation, written law associated concepts: codification act, codification of statutes II index classification, code, compilation, constitution, enactment, legalization, pandect (code of laws)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

the process of stating laws in a code. This is the mode of lawmaking in continental Europe among the civilian systems. The model is no doubt that of the codes of the ancient world, pre-eminently the Digest of Justinian (See Corpus Juris Civilis). The idea is that all the law is in the code, making it known to all the people and not just a trained elite, which made the idea appealing to the revolutionaries of the 18th century. The courts merely interpret the code, which can be altered by the legislature. Codes have spread for intellectual reasons, but Napoleon's imposition, on conquered countries, of codes modelled on his Napoleonic Code assisted the spread of codification. Many codes are periodically revised.
The English legal system, which has resisted codification, may have been tempted in the Victorian era to put together a code of commercial law. This explains the well-drafted, intelligent and rational Sale of Goods Act 1893, Partnership Act 1890, Bills of Exchange Act 1882 and Marine Insurance Act of the latter part of the 19th century. English lawyers are still resistant to the idea. Law commissioners in Scotland and England are more likely to favour it. Some regularly consolidated statutory areas of law come close to being very complicated codes, an example perhaps being the Companies Acts. To be a proper codification, an Act must consolidate previous statutory enactments and take into account precedents in point.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

European Union
Codification is the process of bringing together a legislative act and all its amendments in a single new act. The new act passes through the full legislative process and replaces the acts being codified.
There are two types of codification:
• Vertical: one original act and its amendments are incorporated in a single new act.
• Horizontal: two or more original acts covering related subjects, and the amendments to them, are incorporated in a single new act.
Codification takes as its starting point the consolidated texts produced by the Publications Office. Those texts assemble the articles of an original act and the amendments in a single non-official document intended for use only as a documentation tool.
On the basis of that text, a complete new act is prepared, combining the original act and the successive amendments without any further substantive changes. That new act must pass through all the stages of the legislative process, although an accelerated procedure has been agreed by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission.
The advantages of codification are that:
• Users need consult only one single authentic text.
• The volume of the community acquis is reduced.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. The process of codifying existing statutes or an existing body of law into a code.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The collection and systematic arrangement, usually by subject, of the laws of a state or country, or the statutory provisions, rules, and regulations that govern a specific area or subject of law or practice.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The collection and systematic arrangement, usually by subject, of the laws of a state or country, or the statutory provisions, rules, and regulations that govern a specific area or subject of law or practice.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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