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Common law is law developed through decisions of courts and similar tribunals, rather than through legislative statutes or executive action. In common law legal systems, law is created and/or refined by judges: a decision in the case currently pending depends on decisions in previous cases and affects the law to be applied in future cases. When there is no authoritative statement of the law, common law judges have the authority and duty to make law by creating precedent.

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Early common law systems

Examples of modern common law systems

Common law as applied to matrimony

Common vs. civil laws

Stages of common law trials

Slavery




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