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Definition - What does Due Process mean?

Due process is the claim that the government has a legal obligation to respect the rights of the citizens of the United States. Due process is used twice in the United States Constitution, first in the Fifth Amendment that notes that citizens should not be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law". The fourteenth Amendment also uses the term "due process" to describe the obligations of the state. Due process should ensure that the states, as well as the federal government, follow the laws of the land and allow fair procedures for United State's citizens. It has been argued that due process and a commitment to follow the legality of law is the basis of the world's most advanced legal systems. Due process is thought to embrace that commitment.

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