I'm an English teacher who teaches legal English to foreign students using the UK legal system for context. I was checking the definition of 'Persuasive authority' using TransLegals' dictionary and part of the definition stood out to me.
persuasive authority, noun
legal writings that may help guide a court in reaching a decision, but which are not binding. Examples of persuasive authority include opinions from lower courts, opinions from courts in other jurisdictions, comments made by higher courts as obiter dicta things said in a judgment that are not essential to the decision and which are not binding precedent, dissenting judgments and articles from legal journals
The court noted the lack of either binding or persuasive authority on the issue but considered certain cases which provided guidance.
I would like to know which jurisdictions would be considered. Would a Magistrates court use rulings only in the UK? Include other common law systems such as USA, Canada etc? Or even include civil law rulings abroad?