Definition of case law in English:

case law


mass noun
  • The law as established by the outcome of former cases.

    Compare with common law, statute law
    • ‘Lawyers and judges can still benefit from thoughtful analysis of case law and statutes.’
    • ‘There is a large volume of case law that addresses the issue of time-limited spousal support.’
    • ‘There has been considerable case law on the issue of retroactive payments recently.’
    • ‘English law, by contrast, has had to wrestle with this problem, both in statute and case law.’
    • ‘It is important to note that in this area the law is the product of case law rather than statute.’
    • ‘Recent case law on malpractice litigation and informed consent has been incorporated.’
    • ‘The failure to refer the judge to the relevant case law was reprehensible.’
    • ‘There is no definition of true owner in the statutory or case law.’
    • ‘You still need reference to case law, statutory definitions and general principles in an essay answer.’
    • ‘There has not been a great deal of case law in relation to these.’
    • ‘The case law makes clear that he had that right as a director and officer.’
    • ‘The case law under the previous rules on this point was not coherent.’
    • ‘According to the information provided to the Court, there has been no case law to remedy this state of affairs.’
    • ‘She reviewed case law and gave her own opinion of their importance to the litigation.’
    • ‘There is a body of case law dealing with a similar issue in the context of conditional sentences, that may apply by analogy.’
    • ‘I have not found any case law directly covering such a scenario.’
    • ‘The case law is clear that this is a remedy that is rarely granted.’
    • ‘Of course, the matter is of public interest but the point is secure on established case law and clear in your Lordship's judgment.’
    • ‘A significant amount of statutory law, and a large amount of case law is based around this concept.’
    • ‘The case law in this area is somewhat divided but not really conflicted in principle.’


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