Requirements which local customs should fulfill in order to gain registration and enforcements by the courts.

  1. Reasonableness: a good local custom must be reasonable to the persons affected by it. This is because law is founded on the principle of justice.
  2. Conformity with statute law: The custom must be consistent with written law. This is because parliament is the supreme law making body and has power to render a particular custom inoperable.
  3. Observance as of right: the custom must have been observed openly and as of right,i.e. nec vi, nec clam, nec precario. It must be recognized as binding by those
    affected by it.
  4. Immemorial antiquity: the custom must have been observed since time immemoriali.e. for a long time. Time immemorial means no living person can adduce evidence as to when the custom did not exist.
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