civil law(redirected from English civil law)
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ci·vil law(si'vĭl lah)
The branch of legislation dealing with the rights and duties of citizens rather than with criminal acts.
n a statutory law, as opposed to common law or judge-made law (such as case law). The Dental Practice Act in every state is a civil law.
the form of law which is conducted inquisitorially with the judge asking all of the questions and deciding the outcome. The basis of European law. The opposite to English law, which is adversarial in its approach.