Common Law Methodology
From Common Law Methodology v Law Reform Process by LJM Cooray (1985)

"Common law" describes the body of legal principles and concepts that were evolved over many centuries by judges in the English courts of law. These principles include such values as honesty, the pursuit of truth, responsibility, keeping promises, fairness in interpersonal relations, concern for one's immediate neighbours, respect for property, loyalty and duty to one's spouse and children and the work ethic and keeping one's word. The emphasis is on the duty and responsibility of the individual, without which no civilisation can endure.

The common law in the theory and practice of Anglo-American democracies in the pre-interventionist law reform era were underpinned by a number of factors:

Limitations of space lead to a brief focus on some of the above aspects.