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Synonyms for common law

(civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions

a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws

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They have received exhaustive review by legal scholars, most of which has been critical: (52) Most of those criticisms do not address the merits of Justice Scalia's methodology as a theory of adjudication likely to fulfill the rule of law better than the common law tradition.
These judges were justifiably convinced that they were the best lawyers around and that to be a good judge meant, above all, being a master of the learning of the law in the common law tradition.
If the "outdated" constitutionalism was based on natural rights, popular sovereignty, and the common law tradition, then the eclipse of natural rights and traditional prudence by historicist visions of progress still leaves unelected judges confronting popular sovereignty - Alexander Bickel's "counter-majoritarian difficulty.
The answer to that is to set it right in the common law tradition.
judge in the common law tradition remains paramount, while the role of a
There appears to be little difference between civil and common law traditions in this regard" at 267-68).
Inscribed in the copy of The Common Law Tradition that he presented to Joe Barrett, a lawyer and fellow laborer in the UCC vineyard, is this:
At a basic practical level, the native title tradition is, notwithstanding High Court comments to the contrary, (107) a branch of the larger common law tradition.
Somerville, more convinced by James's absolutist rhetoric, argues (against Paul Christenson's essay) that the king was uninfluenced by common law tradition and that there was little ideological unity in pre-civil war England.
We then talk about the Roman--Germanic or the Roman-Canonical tradition--or, simply put, the civil law tradition--or the English, Anglo-American or common law tradition.
The second part focuses on selected legal systems, beginning with the civil law tradition and the common law tradition.
In the common law tradition there has been much talk, since the early nineteenth century, of "binding law".
The common law tradition indicates that the general principles of law will be established by court decisions.
The Trusts Act is based on English Common Law tradition.