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The term 'bylaws' has two different meanings. Firstly, in the United Kingdom, bylaws are local laws made by statutory bodies which apply only to specific local areas. If, however, there is an Act of Parliament which already covers a particular subject, then bylaws are not considered to be suitable. Since they can create some criminal offences, certain bylaws have to be confirmed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The term 'bylaws' can also refer to rules made by organisations such as companies, associations and charities in order to regulate themselves. In this regard, bylaws are essentially the constitution of an organisation which govern its code of conduct as well of setting out procedures for board of directors elections, as well as responsibilites of directors and other matters concerning day to day business. 


See also: Law, Legal Norm, Regulation

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