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Not to be confused with The Sources of English Law.

Sources of law means the origin from which rules of human conduct come into existence and derive legal force or binding characters.It also refers to the sovereign or the state from which the law derives its force or validity.

Several factors of law have contributed to the development of law. These factors are regarded as the sources of law.


Precedent is one of the sources of law. The judgements passed by some of the learned jurists became another significant source of law. When there is no legislature on particular point which arises in changing conditions, the judges depend on their own sense of right and wrong and decide the disputes. Such decisions become authority or guide for subsequent cases of a similar nature and they are called precedents. The dictionary of English law defines a judicial precedent as a judgement or decision of a court of law cited as an authority for deciding a similar state of fact in the same manner or on the same principle or by analogy. Precedent is more flexible than legislation and custom. It is always ready to be used.


A custom is a rule which in a particular family or in a particular district or in a particular section, classes or tribes, has from long usage obtained the force of law. The dictionary of English law[citation needed] defines custom as a law not written, which being established by long use and consent of our ancestors has been and daily is put into practice. Custom as a source of law got recognition since the emergence of sovereignty on the horizon of jurisprudence. It is an exemption to the ordinary law of the land, and every custom is limited in its application. They are practices that have to be repeated for a period of time.


Legislation is that source of law which consists in the declaration of legal rules by a competent authority. Legislature is the direct source of law. Legislature frames new laws, amends the old laws and cancels existing laws in all countries. In modern times this is the most important source of law making. The term legislature means any form of law making. Its scope has now been restricted so a particular form of law making. It not only creates new rules of law it also sweeps away existing inconvenient rules.

From the definition of politician Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, defines legislation as Legislation (or "statutory law") is law which has been promulgated (or "enacted") by a legislature or other governing body, or the process of making it. (Another source of law is judge-made law or case law.) Before an item of legislation becomes law it may be known as a bill, and may be broadly referred to as "legislation" while it remains under consideration to distinguish it from other business. Legislation can have many purposes: to regulate, to authorize, to proscribe, to provide (funds), to sanction, to grant, to declare or to restrict.it can also be redistricted.

Statutory interpretation[edit]

See also: Judicial review

Interpretation is a very important function of the court, the process of ascertaining the meaning of letters and expressions by the court is either interpretation or construction. Interpretation is the process of which the court seeks to ascertain the Meaning of a particular legislature. It is through interpretation, the judiciary evolves the law and brings the changes in it and thus keeps the law abreast of law.

Preparatory works[edit]

Main article: Legislative history

In some legal cultures some of the documents produced in the process leading up to legislation are subsequently used as guidelines on how to interpret and understand an act of legislation.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:48:45 -0700

History contains many instances of pluralistic legal systems in which multiple sources of law existed. Most commercial disputes in the world are today resolved informally. Most businesses consider a private arbitrator an attractive alternative to a ...
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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:56:15 -0700

There are also international sources of law, such as European Convention of Human Rights which has specific regulations regarding privacy and which is also binding on Turkey. Personally identifiable information or data privacy are not defined in the ...
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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:26:15 -0700

The chapter deals with a range of academic and legal topics such as financial services regulation, sources of law and dispute resolution. It also includes an analysis of recent developments and looks towards upcoming changes within the local insurance ...
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Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:14:48 -0700

The dismissal confirms that New Jersey places a high burden on CEPA plaintiffs to identify specific sources of law or public policy that relate to the conduct of which they complain before their case will be submitted to a jury. It separately ...
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:26:15 -0700

... principles of fairness, including to future generations. 3. Only through environmental rule of law can conditions be established under which justice and respect for environmental obligations arising from treaties and other sources of law can be ...

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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:45:00 -0700

Yet despite these challenges, for almost 1300 years, the Qur'an and the Sunnah have remained the primary sources of law for Muslims. There were misapplications of the Shari'ah by certain rulers, yet there was never a blatant rejection of the primary ...
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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:59:04 -0700

On the very last page of the majority's opinion, the Court acknowledges that while FSIA may not preclude this type of discovery, “'other sources of law” ordinarily will bear on the propriety of discovery requests of this nature and scope, such as ...

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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:11:02 -0700

"Lease agreement for a future thing" as a form of agreement is not provided for in the Russian CC, while the Russian SAC Rulings are not formally sources of law. The notion of lease agreement for a future thing is not found in the Russian CC. The ...

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