Definition of RULE OF LAW


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.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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