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 The family also cites case law in the suit, claiming that the force used was excessive because there is no record of attempts by deputies to negotiate with Shea and officers used deadly force within 17 minutes of arriving at the scene. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 July 2024 Microsoft did not submit feedback, but Google raised additional concerns that, seemingly contradictory to the EC's purposes, the guidelines depart from case law. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 25 June 2024 This was a significant case because Florida does not have a pattern jury instruction for a state employment retaliation claim and there was no state case law on this issue. Jean Marie Middleton, Sun Sentinel, 26 June 2024 The initiative sought to update TFEU for the first time since 2008 based on reviewing relevant case law. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for case law 

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of case law was in 1731

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“Case law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

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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