Tort law defined (cid:862)to(cid:396)t(cid:863) legal te(cid:396)(cid:373) f(cid:396)o(cid:373) lati(cid:374) (cid:449)o(cid:396)d tortus (cid:373)ea(cid:374)i(cid:374)g (cid:862)(cid:449)(cid:396)o(cid:374)g(cid:863) Used to describe many activities resulting in damages to others. In past no distinction was made between acts that were criminal or civil in nature, both were t(cid:396)eated as to(cid:396)t i(cid:374) the se(cid:374)se that (cid:448)i(cid:272)ti(cid:373) o(cid:396) (cid:448)i(cid:272)ti(cid:373)(cid:859)s fa(cid:373)il(cid:455) (cid:449)e(cid:396)e (cid:272)o(cid:373)pe(cid:374)sated. Tort law is an attempt by court to cope with changes in society and to balance the individual freedom of action with protection or compensation for inevitable injury to others that excursive of such freedoms can produce. Development of the law of torts is the development of principles and legal fictions used by the courts to maintain equilibrium between these two individual desires in an increasingly complex society. Assault: a threat of violence or injury to a person. Battery: the unlawful touching or striking of another person. Not every application of force is battery ex.