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There are five main legal systems in the world

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  • Submitted: 20/06/2006
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University Degree English Legal System

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There are five main legal systems in the world. They are: Civil law legal system, Common law legal system, Customary law system, Muslim law legal system and Mixed systems. Civil law legal system and common law legal system are the most important legal systems in the world, which effect on the all legal systems in the world for a very long time and have been adopt by the most countries. Civil law distinguished form common law is that Civil law is based on written legal codes, a characteristic of the Roman legal system, in which disputes were settled by reference to a written legal code arrived at through legislation, edicts, and the like. However, common law is based on the precedents created by judicial decision over time.

"Civil law legal system is based on Roman law, especially the corpus Juris Civilis of emperor Justinian, as late developed through the Middle Ages by medieval legal scholars. The most authoritative modern source is Karl Eduard Zacharie."[1] Civil law legal system is commonly used in continental Europe, which is also used in Quebec (Canada), Louisiana (USA), Japan, China, Latin America, and most former colonies of continental European countries. One of

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