GLOSSARY TERM  
  Common Law  
 
  DESCRIPTION  
  The unwritten law derived from the traditional law of England as developed by judicial precedence, interpretation, expansion and modification. There is a single common law of Australia which creates specific criminal offences, contains rules of evidence and practice and procedure, and sets out the rights and privileges of citizens. Generally, a statute will not be taken to have repealed the common law unless it explicitly or implicitly shows such an intention.