Statutory Law

Statutory Law

Statutory Law Definition

Statutory law is written and set by a legislative act. Statutes can originate with a local municipality or with the state or national legislatures. Read more about the definition of Statutory Law in the legal dictionary.

Statutory Law Updating

Due to the number of laws enacted or passed during each Parliamentary session, it is difficult in many countris to update statutory law easily. In the United States, the Office of the Law Revision Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives prepares and publishes the US Code (or USC), with online tables to update US Code sections.

Statutory Law in the United States

Federal statutory law can be found in two types of publications in the United States: compilations of statutes or codified laws. “Well-articulated statutory law is the fundamental source of congressional power within the American system”. (1) For State Statutory Laws, read here.

Statutes at Large

This is the popular name of the United States Statutes at Large. It is the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Main Entry: United States Statutes at Large.

List of Entries related with Statutory Law

Act of Parliament
Annual leave
Association law
Collective title
Coming into force
Consolidation Acts
Creature of statute
Evidence-based legislation
Frost law
Golden rule
Height restriction laws
Hybrid bill
Incorporation by reference
Statutory interpretation
Last antecedent rule
Legislative drafting error
Legislative history
Legislative intent
Legislative scrutiny
Long title
Ministerial regulation
Official Journal
Parliamentary privilege
Privative clause
Provisional order
Public bill
Public consultation
Reading (legislature)
Reception statute
Revised edition of the statutes
Right of initiative
Shell bill
Short title
Spent enactment
Statute book
Statute law revision
Statute of limitations
Statute of repose
Statutory damages
Statutory Instrument
Statutory term analysis
Super statute

Civil Law as Legal System and the Statutory Law

The term “Statutory law” is used for the codified legal system that contrasted with the “Common law” or “non-statutory legal system.” Civil law (or civilian law) is a legal system that can be opposed to common law systems.

Other Topics related to Statutory Law

Constitutional Law

Main Entry: Constitutional Law.

Common Law

Main Entry: Common Law.

Case Law

Main Entry: Case Law.


1. “Creating the Statutory State: The Implications of a Rule of Law”

See also

Legislative intent
Plain meaning rule
Statutory interpretation

Statutory Law

In relation to religious matters, find out about Statutory Law and the following issues in this world legal Encyclopedia:

  • Wisconsin, Mississippi, New York
  • Real Estate, Parish, Diocese, Taxation
  • Riot, Damages
  • Use, Change, Parsonage, Discipline, Doctrine, Curate

Concept of Statutory Law

Note: explore also the meaning of this legal term in the American Ecyclopedia of Law.


See Also

  • Judiciary



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