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Common Law Origin And Sources Notes

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Inductive reasoning Deductive reasoning Based upon an "educated (or
sometimes uneducated!) guess"
derived from observations and
The conclusion may not necessarily
be true
Moves from the specific to the
* * Based on formal logic
The propositions contain the
argument and the conclusion
naturally follows (can be deduced)
Moves from the general to the
* * *

Common Law * Source of law
o case law v legislation * System of law
o common law v civil law system * Division of law
o common law v equality * Law generally comes from a variety of sources
o Parliaments make law a? LEGISLATION
o Judges decide cases a? COMMON LAW
o Customs a? CUSTOMARY LAW
o Religious traditions and texts a? RELIGIOUS LAW
Source of Law * Law that comes from judicial decisions where:
o there is no pre--existing law
SS? current law stretches to cover the situation
o Judges own interpretation
SS? give voice to new law * Judge made law * THE DOCTRINE OF PRECEDENT
o Courts must uphold and are bound to follow a decision made by a
previous court
o High courts set the precedent
o If a decision was made in a lower level court, it does not need to be


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