Common Law

Definition

  • A system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws. Common law originated in the unwritten laws of England.

Notes
Laws developed by judges through court decisions and precedent.

Synonyms
case law, evolved law, non-statutory law, precedent

Acronyms
CL

Alternate Spellings
Precident, Case law

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