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com·mon law

(kom'ŏn law)
A system of law based on custom, tradition, and court decisions rather than on written legislation.

common law

A system of law that originated in medieval England and is based on former legal decisions (precedent) and custom, not on legislation. Common law constantly evolves from previous decisions and changing custom. It forms the basis of the legal system in the U.S. (except Louisiana), the U.K. and most other English-speaking countries and is therefore the most frequent source of legal precedent for malpractice cases.
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Appellate Courts in Common Law Systems Tend to Emphasise Remittal over Instantaneous Appellate Resolution.
When the Americans took over the Philippines from the Spaniards under the Treaty of Paris of 1898, they introduced the common law system of procedure, but retained the Spanish Civil Code and the 'Codigo Penal.' The latter was replaced in 1932 by the current penal code.
Jurisprudence normative value outside the common law system was outlined once the differences between the two systems of law diminished, doctrine arguing that "jurisprudence general legal acts creative function, acquired and amplified with time, was initially contested, but it seems to be unanimously accepted now, looking only for reasonable explanations" (Deleanu, 2005: 275).
In England, the common law system continued to develop and the nineteenth century was to be a period of great judicial creativity.
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He added that their real agenda is sharia, suggesting that all Pakistan's secular courts based on the common law system be abolished.
The Minister said that Cyprus continues to benefit from a low corporate tax rate, favorable double-taxation treaties, a well-educated labour force, common law system, strong institutions and relatively low structural barriers to growth.
Visited Malaysia in August, 2006 to deliver a Public Lecture on the topic, "The Relationship between Law and Mortality in Islamic Common Law System".