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Linked to the above is a problem which results from the fact that the creators of any laws in society are, in Hart’s words, ‘men not gods’. This means that they have certain limitations which include: • Relative ignorance of fact that is, it is never possible, when creating a law to deal with a particular situation, to be absolutely certain that one has included and covered all material issues and the various possible combinations of such issues which may confront anyone seeking to use the law to resolve problems and disputes at a subsequent stage.
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