case law



Part of common law, consisting of judgments given by higher (appellate) courts in interpreting the statutes (or the provisions of a constitution) applicable in cases brought before them. Called precedents, they are binding on all courts (within the same jurisdiction) to be followed as the law in similar cases. Over time, these precedents are recognized, affirmed, and enforced by the subsequent court decisions, thus continually expanding the common law. In comparison, statute law is the body of acts enacted by a legislature, and civil law does not recognize any precedent.
Also called judge-made law.

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  • I was an expert in case law, due to the fact that I spent four years in law school and learned everything about law.

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  • You should be well aware of all the case law surrounding any business deal you do so that you don't do anything wrong.

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  • You should always know the up to date case law so that you do not find yourself breaking it in any way.

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