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Definition law developed by governmental groups in contrast to common law (based on custom and precedent) — this is also one of the senses of the term, civil law
  • We think of statutory law as being written by legislators, but most of it is written in the form of rules and regulations created by governmental agencies.
  • He said he didn't have any quarrel with the rape statute, none what ever, but he did have deep misgivings when the state asked for and the jury gave a death penalty on purely circumstantial evidence.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • statute = law
  • And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • All laws were repealed which extended the crime of treason beyond the statute of the twenty-fifth of Edward III.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • There were French statutes that would make conviction punishable by imprisonment or, at the very least, public expulsion from the country.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • This rule was prescribed for the first time in the State of New York by a statute of February 23, 1786.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • I take the blatant disregard of such a statute quite seriously, Emperor Kaito.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Jody's been accused of statutory rape.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • Yet no statutory crime of any kind there.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • You could have pulled him in for fixing the army courts in a couple of killings-there are no statutes, civilian or military, on those crimes.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • What say our statutes, and how do our brethren observe them?
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • His self-absorption and obsession lead him to cruelty, statutory rape, murder, and the destruction of several lives.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But on paper, by the statutes of New York, he was a doctor when we played, Lou.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • A smother-charge, it was called, and its possession came under concealed weapons and possession-of-burglary-tools statutes in most places.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • "Repeal this statute, my good sir?" says Mr. Kenge to a smarting client.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Go shopping, unless all the shops had gotten their statutory ramps in place.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "The Army doesn't have the statutory responsibility to take care of this situation," General Russell pointed out, "but the Army has the capability.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The statutes pertaining to banking confidentiality are among the most sacrosanct in Switzerland.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • It had its unwritten laws, and they were as clearly defined and as strict as any that could be found among the printed statutes of the land.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • Felony is a term of loose signification, even in the common law of England; and of various import in the statute law of that kingdom.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers

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