martial lawmartial law
temporary rule by the military authorities over the civilian population, as in an area of military operations in time of war, or when civil authority has broken down
distinguished from military law
- Temporary rule by military authorities, imposed on a civilian population especially in time of war or when civil authority has broken down.
- The law imposed on an occupied territory by occupying military forces.
martial law - Legal Definition
Civil law exerted over citizens by military, generally in times of war or emergency.