special law

noun

Legal Definition of special law

2 : a law that applies to a particular place or especially to a particular member or members of a class of persons or things in the same situation but not to the entire class and that is unconstitutional if the classification made is arbitrary or without a reasonable or legitimate justification or basis

called also local law, special legislation

— compare general law

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“Special law.” The Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/special%20law. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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