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Unformatted text preview: The doctrine of stare decisis meaning to “stand on decided cases”. This doctrine obliges judges to follow the precedent set by: Own courts or Higher courts U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia all common law nations Sources of Law Constitutions Federal Constitution- State Constitution Federal Constitution stands above all laws A State’s constitution stands above all laws in that state Statutes & Administrative Regulations Federal statutes Criminal codes Commercial laws Ordinances (statutes passed by city, county & other local political bodies) Rules on zoning Public safety regulations (parking, fireworks, etc. ..) Administrative Rules & Regulations Executive orders – only people who work in the executive branch Case Law Decisions &judicial interpretations rendered by the courts (precedent) also form an important body of law, collectively called case l...
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2008 for the course POLS 2304 taught by Professor Li during the Summer '08 term at University of Houston - Downtown.
- Summer '08