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Common law around the world

Common law is a form of law that developed in England, and built up cumulatively as successive legal decisions were guided by precedents set in earlier decisions. This contrasts with the system of civil law, in which legal practice is codified. Common law was introduced by the British to many of their colonies and today is still a part of the legal system of those now independent countries. This map shows the countries which had common law systems in 2011.

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Lewis Evans, 'Law and the economy - Setting the framework', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/25614/common-law-around-the-world (accessed 22 September 2020)

Story by Lewis Evans, published 11 Mar 2010