Lawyer for Indie Media | Sue Basko
A lot depends on whether this is a criminal or civil case, a traffic citation, a family law case, or what it is. If a person has been charged with a crime and there is no statute saying the act is a crime, the person has possibly been wrongly charged. If a person has been sued and there is no cause of action created by statute, sometimes case law might be referred to to decide whether to extend a cause of action. That is how causes of action grow and evolve, other than being created outright by statute. So you see, I would need much more detail to really assist you. If you have an actual legal problem before you, go find a lawyer licensed in Pennsylvania to assist you.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
Many issues have no statute to provide a resolution. When that happens, the trier of fact (judge or jury) must look to previous cases for guidance in coming to a decision. The higher the court that made a previous decision, the greater the weight the current court gives the ruling. So a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court has precedence over rulings from all other courts while a decision from a local or county court will only be considered by other courts at that level.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska