Understanding how legal rules are created by precedent.

The following topic forms part of the Unit Understanding Law-making.

Understand how legal rules are created by precedent

Judicial precedent: development of the system; law reporting; binding authorities; persuasive authorities; ratio decidendi; obiter dicta statements; advantages and disadvantages.

Avoiding judicial precedents: distinguishing previous decisions; reversing decisions; overruling previous decisions; practice statements.

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