2.01 From the earliest days of their careers, lawyers are trained to recognize the appropriate sources of legal authority in their home jurisdictions. For common law lawyers, statutes and judicial opinions form the fundamental sources of law, with the relative weight of each varying according to national constitutional principles. For example, the United Kingdom follows the principle of Parliamentary sovereignty, which means that the courts ultimately defer to the legislature. The United States takes the opposite view. Not only do judges play a significant role in...
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