Types of Legal Cases That Legal Eagle Focuses On Are Extensive
The various types of 'law' are extensive and certainly too much for anybody to ever fully know. Even judges with decades of experience will lack full knowledge of all types of law; and accordingly, judges usually assigned to specific types of cases where the type of law involved is familiar. Additionally, judges often expect and require legal representatives to research precedent cases and submit summarized, and cited, viewpoints as arguments for a position in the case as per that research.
“... I include myself among those who had never heard of the tort of barratry ...”
~ C.A. Osborne A.C.J.O.
McIntyre Estate v. Ontario, 2001 CanLII 7972 (ON CA)
Accordingly, it is common that particular judges will hear civil law cases, other judges hear family law cases, and other judges hear criminal cases, etc. Similarly, legal practitioners will focus upon specific areas of law for the types of cases that are handled. While all cases will involve unique facts, after hundreds of years of development of the law and justice system, few cases are truly novel and various fundamental basics of the law will likely exist and apply to a specific situation.