Custom as a source of law 1 custom as a source of law 2 law the word law is a general term and over a period of time attained different connotations to signify varied purposes persons carrying different vocations prefer to identify law as to the purpose the prescribed set of rules are intended to achieve according to constitution law includes ordinance order bye law . The indian legal system like the common law system is replete with customary laws and principles and hence it is essential that to comprehend the indian system one understand the role of custom as a source of law just as custom came to become an important source of law it too however over a period of time lost its place of importance to . Customs is an important source of law introduction customs have always been an important source of law the two bones of contention regarding customs in hindu law are however its validity under the smriti law its relevancy to castes and tribes which are not governed by the smriti law. A central puzzle in jurisprudence has been the role of custom in law custom is simply the practices and usages of distinctive communities but are such customs legally binding can custom be law even before it is recognized by authoritative legislation or precedent and assuming that custom is a source of law what are its constituent elements
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