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What is the difference between U.S.case law and English common law?

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Generally speaking, common law is a system of laws that originated in England that is based on judicial decisions and customs rather than on codified written laws. Case law is based on judicial decisions and precedent rather than on statutory law. The judicial decisions in cases become the body of common law in England AND the United States. When an attorney must rely on common or case law in a certain legal action that common or case law must be researched to make certain it wasn't changed in a later decision. Early common law is the source for many of our codified laws.
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