What is meant by Common Law?

  • 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
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