A reception statute is a statutory law adopted as a former British colony becomes independent, by which the new nation adopts (i.e. receives) pre-independence English law, to the extent not explicitly rejected by the legislative body or constitution of the new nation. Reception statutes generally consider the English common law dating prior to independence, and the precedents originating from it, as the default law, because of the importance of using an extensive and predictable body of law to govern the conduct of citizens and businesses in a new state. All U.S. states, except Louisiana, have either implemented reception statutes or adopted the common law by judicial opinion.
- Reception Statutes (An elaborated discussion of "Reception statutes" in the context of the development of the common law)
- Doctrine of reception
- Thinking like a lawyer: an introduction to legal reasoning (Westview Press, 1996), pg. 10