Outdated laws are a menace to society. Yet changes are often enforced a quarter of a century late. Legislation is often the result of bickering between political parties, all of whom wish their points of view reflected in order to please their voters. The result is an undecipherable conglomeration of articles and jurisprudence strewn with so many exceptions and reservations that one needs a life-time to make head or tail of them.
Every subject is held to know the law. Yet hardly any citizen does! For reasons stated above laws have become that complicated that no authority in the country pretends to know them all. This has given rise to an over-powerful legal profession only bent on maintaining the status quo, to further its own interests. The old class-justice has made way for wealth justice.
Those who can afford it – and many criminals do – engage the best minds to find loopholes in the law. Criminals will evade justice on account of an insignificant detail being overlooked by the prosecutor. Furthermore flaws in judicial practice cause such anomalies as an innocent person pleading guilty (in the U.S.A.) in order to avoid a long hazardous legal procedure.
In many Western countries the law appears to favour the criminal over the victim. Damages suffered by the victim can only in exceptional cases be claimed from the culprit. The latter being aided by all sorts of institutions and welfare workers. The victim by hardly any. The end of the road has been reached. Although no one dares to acknowledge it, everyone knows that the good have to foot the bill for the bad.