differences between common and civil law

What is the difference between common and civil law?
“Today the difference between common and civil legal traditions lies in the main source of law. Although common-law systems make extensive use of statutes, judicial cases are regarded as the most important source of law, which gives judges an active role in developing rules. For example, the elements needed to prove the crime of murder are contained in case law rather than defined by statute. To ensure consistency, courts abide by precedents set by higher courts examining the same issue. In civil-law systems, by contrast, codes and statutes are designed to cover all eventualities and judges have a more limited role of applying the law to the case in hand. Past judgments are no more than loose guides. When it comes to court cases, judges in civil-law systems tend towards being investigators, while their peers in common-law systems act as arbiters between parties that present their arguments.”


Civil Law and Common Law: Comparison and Contrast

Common Law and Civil Law Traditions

The Common Law and Civil Law Traditions

The differences between common law and civil law systems


Different Legal Systems

List of national legal systems: Civil law, Common law, Bijuridical/mixed (civil and common law), Islamic law (Sharia)







Legal Systems of the World


Law around the world


Judicial system of Cuba

Cuban law

Constitution of Cuba

FAQs: Cuban Legal System


Legal expenses insurance

Legal expenses insurance – is it worth it?
“Insurance, where many expend relatively small sums to pay for the costs of a small number with big, unforeseeable costs could be an answer. Nearly half of German households have legal expenses policies – mostly around €100 to €150 a year. But the German legal system has costs generally fixed at the outset so insurers know where they stand.
There is no such cost certainty in the English legal system. The media often quote cases of neighbour disputes over trees, fences, or a few inches of boundary, which escalate into six figure bills. Families have lost everything – sometimes in fighting liabilities they never knew they had such as “chancel repairs” where those living in certain dwellings have been responsible for the upkeep of their local Anglican church, irrespective of any religious affinity.”