What Is Common Law? - Definition & Examples

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Cases which are decided without any precedent are called:

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1. Under common law, judges must base their decisions upon:

2. Prior court decisions relied upon by judges in their cases are called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Understanding common law is very complex and this quiz and worksheet combination will help gauge your understanding.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of the following terms:

  • Cases that don't have a precedent
  • Key doctrine used in common law cases
  • How judges make their decisions under common law

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply what you know about common law to discuss court cases in a more detailed manner
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about common law
  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can discuss the differences between elements of common law vs other forms of law

Additional Learning

To learn more about this form of law, take a look at the lesson called What Is Common Law? - Definition & Examples. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Understand what common law is
  • Analyze an example case by using your knowledge of common law
  • Discuss what a judge bases his or her decision on in a common law case
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