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See also: common-law
- common-law (attributive use)
- (law) Law developed by judges through court decisions and opinions (also called case law), as distinct from legislative statutes and regulations promulgated by the executive branch.
- (law, historical) Body of law administered in certain courts (known as law courts) in England and its former colonies characterized by a rigid writ system with a limited set of remedies (as opposed to equity or admiralty).
- (law) Legal system mainly in England and its former colonies with a heavy emphasis on judge-made law, doctrines deduced by casuistry rather than from general principles, and unwritten law rather than codification.
- (law, Scots law, Roman-Dutch law) Law of general application throughout a country, province, or state as opposed to law having only a special or local application
law based on court judgments and opinions — see case law
legal system of England and its former colonies
law of general application
- (law) common law (legal system)