From Ran Mansour

[parshat mishpatim]

As such, there is no such thing as religious commitment without adherence to the Torah’s code of civil law. If a person prays, observes Shabbat, keeps Kosher, studies for several hours a day and recites Tehillim, but he is dishonest in business, then he is not religious. The laws of Parashat Mishpatim are as much a part of Judaism as the rituals we read about at the end of Parashat Yitro. The laws of ethics and civic responsibility represented by the Sanhedrin are as integral to Torah observance as the sacrifices offered nearby on the altar.