To annul an existing law by passage of a repealing statute or by public vote on a referendum. Repeal of Constitutional provisions require an amendment.
Latin for "by what warrant (or authority)?" A writ quo warranto is used to challenge a person's right to hold a public or corporate office. A state may also use a quo warranto action to revoke a corporation's charter.
The right of the public to use property taken by the government through the exercise of its power of eminent domain. Any property taken by eminent domain must be for a public use. Some jurisdictions define public use broadly to mean a public benefit, while other jurisdictions limit its meaning to only actual use by the public.
The principle that certain natural and cultural resources are preserved for public use, and that the government owns and must protect and maintain these resources for the public's use. For example, under this doctrine, the government holds title to all submerged land under navigable waters. Thus, any use or sale of such land must be in the public interest.
Any information, minutes, files, accounts, or other records which a governmental body is required to maintain, and which must be accessible to scrutiny by the public.
Property owned by the government (or its agency), rather then by a private individual.
Examples include: parks, streets, sidewalks, libraries.
Land or interest in land owned by the United States and administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the Bureau of Land Management. Compare: public domain
A general term for a person who is in economic distress and who must be cared for at public expense.
1) The body politic, or the people of a state, nation, or municipality. 2) Under the authority of the government or belonging and available to the people; not private. It may refer to an entity, agency, or activity. For example, there are both public and private schools, public and private utilities, public and private hospitals, public and private lands, and public and private roads.