Hardcover of the 1917 Code of Canon Law

In law, codification is the process of collecting and restating the law of a jurisdiction in certain areas, usually by subject, forming a legal code, i.e. a codex (book) of law.

- Codification (law)

The primary distinctions between areas of jurisdiction are codified at a national level.

- Jurisdiction

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Legal systems of the world. Common law countries are in several shades of pink, corresponding to variations in common law systems.

Common law

Body of law created by judges and similar quasi-judicial tribunals by virtue of being stated in written opinions.

Body of law created by judges and similar quasi-judicial tribunals by virtue of being stated in written opinions.

Legal systems of the world. Common law countries are in several shades of pink, corresponding to variations in common law systems.
A view of Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster, London, early 19th century.
A 16th century edition of Corpus Juris Civilis Romani (1583)
USCA: some annotated volumes of the official compilation and codification of federal statutes.
The Constitution of India is the longest written constitution for a country, containing 395 articles, 12 schedules, numerous amendments and 117,369 words.
Sir William Blackstone as illustrated in his Commentaries on the Laws of England.

Black's Law Dictionary 10th Ed., definition 2, differentiates "common law" jurisdictions and legal systems from "civil law" or "code" jurisdictions.

The decisions of a court are binding only in a particular jurisdiction, and even within a given jurisdiction, some courts have more power than others.