Statute law refers to law that has been created by Parliament, including the devolved Parliaments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in the form of legislation.
Although there was a significant increase in statute law in the twentieth century, the courts still have an important role to play in creating and operating law generally, and in determining the operation of legislation in particular. Taking the Westminster Parliament as an example, the starting point for any Statute is usually a green (consultative) paper. Draft proposals (a white paper) then follow before a bill is presented before Parliament. Ultimately, after Royal Assent, an Act of Parliament becomes law in the UK.