I know there is some debate on whether legal reasoning should be subject matter for this site; however, when responding to what a court can do, it depends on the legal system of that country. Legal systems, in general, can be broken up into two main categories, common law and civil law countries.

Should there be tags to make this distinction? It might help people trying to find an answer on reasoning and the impact of prior cases on future cases.

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There are tags:

refers to common law jurisdictions like Commonwealth countries and (most) of the USA.

refers to European and related jurisdictions (including Louisiana). This should not be confused with which, confusingly, refers to non-criminal law in jurisdictions.


As mentioned in the previous question, tags can be created as questions require them. If you ask, or see, a question that would benefit from being distinguished as rather than , go for it.

  • Right. I asked this before your response there. Additionally at the time I didn't have the rep needed yet
    – Andrew
    Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 0:32
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    I see. Also, I believe tags can't be created in isolation (or at least, not easily) and they'd self-delete after a period of time if unused, so tagging questions with new tags is really the best way to go.
    – jimsug
    Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 0:34
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    As currently configured the civil-law means civil (i.e. not criminal) law in common-law jurisdictions.
    – Dale M Mod
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 2:54
  • It could also be useful to make note of the legal system in the excerpt of the jurisdiction tags
    – Zizouz212
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 14:28

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