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Bell Ringer: Stare Decisis and Common Law

Stare Decisis and Common Law

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas discussed the idea of stare decisis and its history in the legal traditions of English common law. He spoke about his opinions on stare decisis being applied to written or statutory law.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas discussed the idea of stare decisis and its history in the legal traditions of English common law. He spoke about his opinions on stare decisis being applied to written or statutory law.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is meant by stare decisis?
  • Why does the principle of stare decisis make sense in an unwritten common law system?
  • According to Justice Thomas, how can the application of stare decisis have a "ratcheting effect?"
  • Describe Justice Thomas's opinion on the application of stare decisis to written or statutory law.

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Common Law
    • Precedent
    • Statutory Law
    • Supreme Court
    • Written Law

    Topics

    AP U.S. Government Key TermsConstitutional FoundationJudicial Branch

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity