Origin of common-law
Definition for common-law (2 of 2)
Origin of common law
Examples from the Web for common-law
Less canonically, “natural marriage” is also at times used as a rough synonym for “common-law marriage.”
Single-parent, same-sex, and common-law families barely penetrated public consciousness, much less the Hebrew lexicon.People-Powered Social Revolution in Israel Promotes Rights of Same-Sex Families|Irit Rosenblum|November 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Common-law partnerships have their own independent authority and validity.
Common-law partnership makes the couple, and not the government or religious institution, the authority in family life.
Common-law partnership offers privacy and autonomy in a world of increasing intrusion and regulation.
Common-law judges and civilians would agree that the finder got possession first, and so could keep it as against the shopkeeper.The Common Law|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Another is the interaction of chancery and common-law practice and traditions since the Judicature Acts.
Let me ask, Can the city by any means legalize a common-law misdemeanor?Jersey Street and Jersey Lane|H. C. Bunner
Marriage bonds are loose in the West Indies, and common-law marriages are the rule rather than the exception.The Panama Canal|Frederic Jennings Haskin
Now, you understand, gentlemen, that there is no common-law jurisdiction of offences residing in the United States Courts.
British Dictionary definitions for common-law
Word Origin and History for common-law
mid-14c., "the customary and unwritten laws of England as embodied in commentaries and old cases" (see common (adj.)), as opposed to statute law. Phrase common law marriage is attested from 1909.
Culture definitions for common-law
Law developed in the course of time from the rulings of judges, as opposed to law embodied in statutes passed by legislatures (statutory law) or law embodied in a written constitution (constitutional law). (See stare decisis.)