English Common Law System: Definition & History


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One defining characteristic of the English common law system is that it is based on law that is

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1. Over the centuries, legal precedents developed in response to Great Britain's

2. Although the English common law system began in Great Britain, it is still used by some other countries as a result of

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this combine quiz and worksheet to test your knowledge about English Common Law System. You will be asked to define the basis for this legal system, explain the history, and how common-law judges make their decisions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will check your knowledge about the English Common Law System, including:

  • The basis
  • The history
  • The characteristics
  • Rules governing judges decisions

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of legal precedent
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about laws in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding common law
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about judges use of precedents

Additional Learning

Learn more about common law in this lesson, English Common Law System: Definition and History. Topics covered are:

  • The history of English Common Law System
  • Defining the English Common Law System
  • Modern application of the English Common Law System