What is common law?

What is common law? Here are some definitions.

  1. statute
  2. equity, admiralty
  3. civil law, Roman law, ius commune, canon law, ecclesiastical law
  4. (law, Scots law, Roman-Dutch law) Law of general application throughout a country, province, or state as opposed to law having only a special or local application
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What ever happened to the hoary but irrebuttable common law presumption of legitimacy for children born within marriage?
Nevertheless, the contract in the problem is probably valid and binding at common law.
In these circumstances the case would be heard in the common law courts of assizes, quarter sessions, or petty sessions.
Their later emergence is profoundly related to the notion of change in a common law tradition.
Even if copyright expires, the court ruled, common law can be applied to assert the rights of the original owner.
The only power of arrest under the common law relates to breaches of the peace.

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