Page 1: There are a number of possible approaches to the study of law. One such is the traditional or formalistic approach. This approach to law is posited on the existence of a discrete legal universe as the object of study. … The essential point in relation to this approach is that study is restricted to the sphere of the legal without reference to the social activity to which the legal rules are applied.
p 6: As the common law courts became more formalistic and more inaccessible, pleas to the Chancellor correspondingly increased and eventually this resulted in the emergence of a specific court constituted to deliver ‘equitable’ or ‘fair’ decisions in cases that the common law courts declined to deal with.
Source: The English Legal System 2012-2013, Gary Slapper
- [mass noun] Excessive adherence to prescribed forms:
Is this consistent with the definitions at http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/formal? What are the similarities and differences? Can formal be used here in both quotes?