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  • The Common Law
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The Common Law

Where the Common Law Comes From

The common law has a long history. It originated in England during the reign of King Henry II (1154—89). Before that time, English law, like the law in other parts of the world, consisted of local customs which varied from place to place. To consolidate his grip on his kingdom, Henry II introduce...

Interpreting the Common Law

A major difficulty with the common law is its uncertainty. This can be produced by different courts reaching different interpretations of the law in similar cases. Another complication is where judges/courts reach the same conclusion for different reasons or different judges reach different concl...

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