English law means the legal system of England and Wales.<ref>Jurisdiction Of Courts In England And Wales And Their Recognition Of Foreign Insolvency Proceedings. Insolvency.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2013-02-03.</ref>
The essence of English common law is that it is made by judges sitting in courts, applying legal precedent (stare decisis) to the facts before them. A decision of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the highest civil appeal court of the United Kingdom, is binding on every other court. For example, murder is a common law crime rather than one established by an Act of Parliament. Common law can be amended or repealed by Parliament; murder, for example, now carries a mandatory life sentence rather than the death penalty.
English law sections
Intro Statute law Common law Application to Wales Subjects and links See also Notes References
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