Constitution FAQs:


Q: Is constitution a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed?

A: Yes.

Q: Was constitution passed on May 3?

A: Yes, and 1791.

Q: Is constitution ultimately provided not through its written terms but through deference by government and society to its principles?

A: Yes.

Q: Are constitutions not enforced by the citizens at-large?

A: Yes, but rather by the administrative powers of the state.

Q: Is constitution one that is not contained in a single document, consisting of several different sources, which may be written or unwritten?

A: Yes, see constitutional convention.

Q: Are constitutions not completely arbitrary or a matter of taste?

A: Yes.

Q: Were constitutions promulgated by the Court from 1283 until 1716?

A: Yes, when Philip V of Spain gave the Nueva Planta decrees, finishing with the historical laws of Catalonia.

Q: Is constitution passed on a simple majority in Parliament?

A: Yes.

Q: Was constitution a mixed system?

A: Yes, and including monarchic, aristocratic, and democratic elements.

Q: Are constitutions the product of an "evolution" of laws and conventions over centuries?

A: Yes.

Q: Is constitution closely tied to the historical and political context driving this fundamental change?

A: Yes.

Q: Is constitution one that is contained in a single document?

A: Yes, and which is the single source of constitutional law in a state.

Q: Is constitution not recognised with any higher legal status than ordinary statutes?

A: Yes.

Q: Were constitutions usually made formally as a royal initiative?

A: Yes, but required for its approval or repeal the favorable vote of the Catalan Courts, the medieval antecedent of the modern Parliaments.

Q: Are constitutions rare?

A: Yes, and there is often dispute to whether so-called "confederal" states are actually federal.

Q: Are constitutions largely?

A: Yes, but not wholly, codified.

Q: Is constitution not contained in a single constitutional document?

A: Yes.

Q: Are constitutions often the product of some dramatic political change?

A: Yes, such as a revolution.

Q: Is constitution often used interchangeably?

A: Yes, as are unwritten constitution and uncodified constitution, although this usage is technically inaccurate.

Q: Is constitution a single document?

A: Yes, states that do not have such a document have uncodified, but not entirely unwritten, constitutions, since much of an uncodified constitution is usually written in laws such as the Basic Laws of Israel and the Parliament Acts of the United Kingdom.

Q: Is constitution an example of an entrenched constitution, and the UK constitution is an example of a constitution that is not entrenched?

A: Yes, In some states the text of the constitution may be changed; in others the original text is not changed, and amendments are passed which add to and may override the original text and earlier amendments.

Q: Are constitutions often?

A: Yes, but by no means always, protected by a legal body whose job it is to interpret those constitutions and, where applicable, declare void executive and legislative acts which infringe the constitution.