Story: Judicial system

Countries that use common law

Common law is established by the courts, as legal decisions are guided by precedents established by earlier decisions. Many former British colonies use the system of common law in addition to legislation to guide legal decision-making. This map shows the countries that use common law in 2011.

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Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, 'Judicial system - What is the judicial system?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2020)

Story by Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 11 Oct 2016