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The main sources of English law.

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The main sources of English law

In UK there are three main sources of English law, Legislation (Statue Law), Common Law (Judge-made Law) and the European Communities law. English Law was historically based on customs and social traditions. Today Custom Law is a part of Common Law, notably being in cases where there was no judicial precedent but which were known to exist since time memorial (i.e. since 1189). Many of these laws such as the Fisherman's Case (1894) 2 East PC 661(http://wilmington.butterworths.co.uk/citator-0/Citator.ASP?WCI=tmpSearch&WCE=Form&WCU=) in criminal law and Beckett Ltd v. Lyons [1967] 1 All ER 833 the law of user in Land Law are still good law. Custom law can still be used to argue a case provided the conditions set out by law are met. It is important to remember though that 'law never goes out of date, and it does not become obsolete because of passage of time' (Pg 41, Longshaw, A & Hughes, M W200: Understanding Law - Manual 1 (6th Edition), (2002), Oxford University Press, Oxford).

Legislation however, is probably the most important source of law in the UK. It is made by 'the Queen in Parliament', i.e. the House of Commons,

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