total system of law originated in midieval England
Apopted by US at time of American Revolution
Expressed originally in opinions and judgements of the courts
reflects customs and usagse of the people
contrasted to Roman Civil Law
sometimes called Unwritten Law
a civil trial held without a jury hen relief sought by plantiff is equitable in nature
(i.e. an injunction, a divorce or dissolution of a marriage)
common law doctrine that binds an inferior (subordinate) court to follow and apply decisions and interpretations of higher courts when similar cases arise.
also called the doctrine of precedents
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