The doctrine of judicial precedent
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Judicial precedent is a system of law-making by judges rather than by Parliament: generally applicable decisions made by judges, referred to as precedents, are used as models for future cases, and these are developed on a case-by-case basis to establish areas of law. This process describes the growth of the common law. Therefore, judicial precedent is an important source of law and a core topic for any student of the English legal system.