case law

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case law

n.
The law as established by decisions of courts, especially appellate courts in published opinions.

case law

n
(Law) law established by following judicial decisions given in earlier cases. Compare statute law See also precedent1

case′ law`


n.
law based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
[1860–65]

case law

Law based on previous judicial decisions and precedent rather than statutes.
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Noun1.case law - a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws; "common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
2.case law - (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisionscase law - (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
service - (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him
civil law - the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation
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But, if one believes that it can, one is led almost irresistibly to see law, especially judge made law, in instrumental terms.
For criticism of Holmes see Robert Faulkaner, The Jurisprudence of John Marshall (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968), and Christopher Wolfe, The Rise of Modern Judicial Review: From Constitutional Interpretation to Judge Made Law, Revised Edition (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1994).