Fact and Law

Fact and Law

A term used to denote issues or events that have taken place and the legal jurisdiction that governs how they are viewed. Fact in legal terms, is the event, while law refers to the actual rules that determine how facts are viewed by the courts. Lawyers and courts may separate fact and law to differentiate them; thus, a Question of Fact concerns the actual events of a case as they might be examined by a jury, while a Question of Law focuses on the legal rules and principles as determined by a judge, and applied to the facts by a jury.

References in classic literature ?
It is true it cannot institute a new inquiry concerning the fact, but it takes cognizance of it as it appears upon the record, and pronounces the law arising upon it.[3] This is jurisdiction of both fact and law; nor is it even possible to separate them.