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    What is "common law"? Why is the United States a "common law country"? What is the primary distinction between common law and civil law legal systems?

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    What is "common law"?

    The laws can be "statutes" enacted by legislatures, "regulations" promulgated by executive agencies that have been authorized to do so by delegation of rule making authority from a legislature and "common law" that are decisions issued by courts. Thus the legal system based on Common law is developed through decisions of courts rather than through statutes that are enacted by legislatures and regulations.

    Common Law is based on the concept of precedence - on how the courts have interpreted the law. Under common law, the facts of a particular case are determined ...

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