Statutory Law

Definition - What does Statutory Law mean?

A statutory law is one that is passed and added into existing legislation. Once a law is passed, it will be written into legislation.

Statutory laws can vary in terms of how they are derived; some come from administrative law and others are a result of clarification or additions to regulatory laws.

Justipedia explains Statutory Law

Statutory laws are strictly defined by the courts and are not subject to interpretation like common law is. Where a judge has discretion in the sentencing guidelines of a common law case, they would not have the same in a statutory law case.

Statutory law is federal in its application, such as the minimum drinking age.

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