case law
case law n: law established by judicial decisions in cases as distinguished from law created by legislation – called also decisional law; see also common law

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

case law
n.
The body of law derived from examination of previously judged cases, including their treatment of a subject and interpretation of legislation. See also common law, civil law

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


case law
The law based on judicial opinions (including decisions that interpret statutes), as opposed to law based on statutes, regulations, or other sources. Also refers to the collection of reported judicial decisions within a particular jurisdiction dealing with a specific issue or topic.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


case law
n.
1 The law based on judicial opinions, including decisions that interpret statutes, rather than law based on statutes and other sources.
2 The collection of reported judicial decisions within a particular jurisdiction dealing with a specific issue or topic. Also called decisional law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


case law
Legal principles enunciated and embodied in judicial decisions that are derived from the application of particular areas of law to the facts of individual cases.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


case law
I
Legal principles enunciated and embodied in judicial decisions that are derived from the application of particular areas of law to the facts of individual cases.
II Law established by previous decisions of appellate courts, particularly the United States Supreme Court. (See stare decisis in Foreign Words Glossary.)

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

case law
n.
   reported decisions of appeals courts and other courts which make new interpretations of the law and, therefore, can be cited as precedents. These interpretations are distinguished from "statutory law," which is the statutes and codes (laws) enacted by legislative bodies; "regulatory law," which is regulations required by agencies based on statutes; and in some states, the common law, which is the generally accepted law carried down from England. The rulings in trials and hearings which are not appealed and not reported are not case law and, therefore, not precedent or new interpretations. Law students principally study case law to understand the application of law to facts and learn the courts' subsequent interpretations of statutes.
   See also: case system, precedent

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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