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The law dealing with rights, duties, and liabilities, as contrasted with procedural law , which governs the technical aspects of enforcing civil or criminal laws.
National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)
That part of the law dealing with rights, duties and liabilities, as distinguished from procedural law, which is the law regulating procedure or process.
Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)
The law that establishes principles and creates and defines rights and limitations under which society is governed, as differentiated from “procedural law,” which sets the rules and methods employed to obtain one’s rights and, in particular, how the courts are conducted.
State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)