Aids to interpretation


Intrinsic aids:

  • Preamble - to see Parliament's intention in enacting a statute. The Theft Act 1968's preamble  states it is an Act to modernise the law of theft.
  • Interpretation section - clarifies meaning of words - s4 (1) in the Theft Act 1968 states that 'property' includes 'money and all other property real or personal, including things in action and other intangible property'. 
  • Long title - brief description of Parliament's intention - Criminal Finance Act 2017 "An Act to amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; make provision in connection with terrorist property"...

External aids

  • Law reform body reports that lead to the passing of the…


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