Doctrine of Precedent

The following topics form part of the Sources of Law Unit at A/S.

Mechanics of precedent

Precedent as operated in the English Legal System; stare decisis; obiter dicta, ratio decidendi; hierarchy of the courts; binding and persuasive precedent; overruling; reversing; distinguishing.

Law-making potential

Original precedent; the Practice Statement 1966; distinguishing; the role of the judges.


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The Doctrine of Precedent - OCR: Unit G152 - Sources of Law (OCR AS/A2 English & Welsh Law 2013) by Richard W M Priestley (25 Mar 2013) Kindle Edition

Persuasive Precedent; Stare Decisis; Obiter Dicta; Ratio Decidendi;Binding Precedent; Overruling; Reversing; Distinguishing; Original Precedent.

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