adversarial law

adversarial law

a legal system which depends on contests between or confrontations by contesting parties, one of which is often the state, with judgments made by judges, magistrates or juries who observe the adversaries in action. The opposite of the inquisitorial law system.
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Our law schools teach adversarial law and our lawyers perform in an adversarial judicial system.
The benefit of state regulation is evident in our system of adversarial law.
There is a long chain that connects the rise of adversarial law, empirical science, and the development of modern, two-party democracy, of which the jury remains the ultimate symbol, the practical arbiter, and the perdurable element.