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case law

law established by judicial decisions in particular cases, instead of by legislative action.
Origin of case law
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Clear statutory language and well-settled case law provided unambiguous protection against a politically motivated inquiry.
  • Given the state of current case law and principles of adjudication, it is probably unlikely.
  • He had also helped to forge important case law to protect the right of journalists to have confidential sources.
  • Statutes scarcely mean anything until a body of case law builds up around them.
  • The case law mirrors the opposing positions taken by the parties.
  • Your book strongly suggests that personalities and personal views are more important than case law.
  • The case law maintains that two main things must be established for an act to be illegal insider trading.
  • The court stated it had read the applicable case law when it ruled on these matters under the statute.
  • The tone taken by the majority today, and the refusal to acknowledge conflicting case law, unfairly perpetuates that notion.
British Dictionary definitions for case law

case law

law established by following judicial decisions given in earlier cases Compare statute law See also precedent (sense 1)
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