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Judicial Opinions and the Concept of Precedent

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226803067
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226803074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226803074.003.0006
Judicial Opinions and the Concept of Precedent

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Just as there was a strong tendency for legislation to undergo textualization once the technology of writing and printing were available, the common law, especially during the past century or two, has come under similar pressure. This is particularly true in the United States. This chapter discusses how the concept of precedent is gradually becoming less conceptual and ever more textual.

Keywords: technology of writing; legislation; common law; textualization

Chapter.  18682 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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