Story: Law

Countries that use common law

A number of former British colonies rely on a system of common law (law made by precedents established in earlier legal decisions) as well as legislation to guide legal decision-making. This map shows the countries that used common law in 2011.

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Geoffrey Palmer, 'Law - Legal history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2020)

Story by Geoffrey Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 11 Oct 2016