RULE OF LAW
Rules of law are general maxims, formed by the
courts, who having observed what is common to many particular cases, announce
this conformity by a maxim, which is called a rule; because in doubtful and
unforeseen cases, it is a rule for their decision; it embraces particular cases
within general principles. Toull. Tit. prel. n. 17; 1 Bl. Com. 44; Domat, liv.
prel. t. 1, s. 1 Ram on Judgm. 30; 3 Barn. & Adol. 34; 2 Russ. R. 216, 580,
581; 4 Russ. R. 305; 10 Price s R. 218, 219, 228; 1 Barn. & Cr. 86; 7 Bing.
R. 280; 1 Ld. Raym. 728; 5 T. R. 5; 4 M. & S. 348. See Maxim.
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