Case law

This is the process whereby the past decisions of judges create law for future judges to follow.


Case law (otherwise known as precedent) refers to laws which can be found in previous judicial decisions.

It is an important source of law and part of common law but is separate from statute law enacted by Parliament. Case law sets out the legal reasoning behind judicial decisions. It is law based upon decisions made by judges in the past.



Elizabeth Lee's appeal court success sets vital precedent

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