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Some sources of law in the United States
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Founding documents for state, federal, and some tribal governments.
Laws enacted by legislatures
Rules created by administrative agencies
Issued by presidents and governors, often relating to the management of executive agencies
Decisions issued by government agencies about specific disputes.
A court's written explanation of its decision in a case. The body of law consisting of court decisions is sometimes referred to as
Rules describing how court proceedings are conducted.
Laws adopted by governing bodies of local governments such as cities
Bilateral or multilateral agreements between nations
Law through which tribes govern themselves. May consist of codes, court cases and other sources of law.
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