public tort – a minor breach of the law (i.e. a parking violation) that carries a criminal punishment even though its considered a civil offense because it is merely a prohibited act and not inherently reprehensible conduct

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public tort:

1. A minor breach of the law (such as a parking violation) that, although it carries a criminal punishment, is considered a civil offense rather than a criminal one because it is merely a prohibited act (malum prohibitum) and not inherently reprehensible conduct (malum in se). — aka civil offense.   Cf. civil wrong under WRONG; public delict under DELICT. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4



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