CONSTITUTION AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAWCategory: Politics
In one important respect England differs conspicuously from most other countries. Her constitution is to a large extent unwritten, using the word in much the same sense as when we speak of unwritten law. Its rules can be found in no written document, but depend, as so much of English law does, on precedent modified by a constant process of interpretation. Both Houses, in fact, have exhibited the same spirit of adherence to precedent, coupled with a power to modify precedent to suit circumstances, which distinguishes the judicial tribunals. In a constitutional crisis the House of Commons appoints a committee to “search its journals for precedents”.
(From The Encyclopedia Britannica)