constitutional law


constitutional law
A body of principles which apply in the interpretation and construction of constitutions and the application of the law of constitutions, that is, fundamental law, to statutes and other public acts. 16 Am J2d Const L § 1. In the form which it has taken in the United States, "constitutional law" is an American graft on English jurisprudence. Its principles and rules are mainly the outgrowth of the development of this country and the states. They rest upon the fundamental conception of a supreme law, expressed in written form, in accord with which all private rights must be determined and all public authority administered. State v Main, 69 Conn 123, 37 A 80.

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