Common law had its origins in 'that part of the law of England, formulated, developed and administered by the old common law courts, based originally on the common customs of the country, and unwritten. It is opposed to equity; statute law; to special law; and to the civil law'. Common Law Proceedings were held in the summary, intermediate and superior jurisdictions of the court system from the beginning of the Colony.
Osborn’s Concise law dictionary. 7th Ed, 1983. London, Sweet & Maxwell, 1983 p. 80]. It has also been defined as 'the commonsense of the community, crystallised and formulated by our forefathers'. [unknown. Quoted in Osborn’s Concise law dictionary. 7th Ed, 1983. London, Sweet & Maxwell, 1983 p. 81].