- These are the laws of the country that are not written down.
- They are ‘common sense’ laws handed down through history e.g. do not murder
- Common law is also partly made up of judicial precedent i.e. case law
- Sometimes customs form a part of common law (these customs must be long established, certain, reasonable and uniformly observed)
- By contrast, statutes are laws of the country that have been documented and agreed to by Parliament