The tag is described as:

Civil law is a legal system based on a codified set of principles that serve as the primary source of law. Not to be confused with [civil law] claims, which will often fall under [common-law].

Is this the same as what I'd call "civil code", the non-common-law system used in Europe, Québec, Louisiana, etc.?

If so, the description should be more explicit about it (or changed to "civil-code").

If not, what is the appropriate tag for this?

(Also, the intended use of brackets in the description isn't obvious.)

UPDATE: I see that I'm not the only one misled by the tag:

One is from three days ago, and the other from today. I imagine that this is a very common occurrence, which someone must be continually cleaning up.

Even worse, people will naturally search for when they want to find questions about the relationship between Common Law and Civil Law, and they will fail to find most of the questions.

The tag really is misleading.
"common-law" and "civil-law" look far too much like complementary tags, and it's unlikely that most people are going to notice that "civil-law" isn't what they think it is.

  • and THATs why I prefer to speak of the legal system as Code Civil
    – Trish
    Jan 15, 2021 at 10:22

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This is the correct tag

Napolianic law is one of the main strands of .

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I've edited the Tag info.


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