case law


Definition of case law

: law established by judicial decision in cases

Examples of case law in a Sentence

Case law says that a person has a right to privacy.

Recent Examples on the Web

This is both right under current case law and incredibly dumb. Will Nevin,, "WW #96: Students, comics and a student speech comic," 16 Mar. 2018 Alternatively, at the next upcoming annual meeting, the unit owners can elect directors who pledge to comply with the applicable governing documents, statutes and case law. Howard Dakoff,, "Aldermen introduce ordinance to strike down controversial part of Illinois condo law," 6 Feb. 2018 What Sasser has found here is a kind of case law — and the rudiments of a justice system. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 In the meantime, Rynearson sued to challenge the constitutionality of the law, and Leighton dismissed it based on case law that says federal courts should abstain from intervening in state cases while proceedings are ongoing in state court. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Does Washington cyberstalking law violate free-speech rights? Bainbridge man gets new chance to make his case," 11 Sep. 2018 First, the United States already has extensive case law on racial gerrymandering that can be borrowed to help assess partisan gerrymandering. Bernard Grofman, Washington Post, "This might be the way to prove partisan gerrymandering, according to the new Supreme Court standard," 9 July 2018 In the first case of its kind to go before a federal judge in Oregon, Parents for Privacy argued that the privacy rights of their children are protected by the U.S. Constitution and supported by case law. Aimee Green,, "Judge asked to throw out transgender bathroom lawsuit at Oregon high school," 23 May 2018 This might explain why the long-winded overview Morgan presented at Wednesday’s press conference included so many provocative sound bites and so little in the way of relevant case law. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Card Luke Hancock sympathetic, but law seems to be on NCAA's side," 11 July 2018 One of the case law examples that Sporting point to in the document relates to Australian footballer Mark Bresciano and his controversial 2012 move from UAE side Al-Nasr to Qatari team Al-Gharafa., "Sporting Lisbon Demand €54.7m Compensation for Rui Patricio from Wolves After Lodging Complaint," 11 July 2018

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1731, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of case law

: law that is based on decisions that judges have made in past cases

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Legal Definition of case law

: law established by judicial decisions in cases as distinguished from law created by legislation

called also decisional law

— see also common law

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