1. The law established by judicial precedent rather than by statute. See COMMON LAW. [Cases: Courts 88. C.J.S. Courts § 139; Trade-Marks, Trade-Names, and Unfair Competition§ 187.]
2. The law that results when judges construe statutes contrary to legislative intent. See JUDICIAL ACTIVISM. — Also termed (in sense 2) judicial legislation; bench legislation; judicial law.