statutory interpretation

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  • Created by: Fazila
  • Created on: 16-11-11 16:46

why do we need statutory interpretations?

  • Words very often have more than one meaning i.e. they can be ambiguous
  • A broad term may be used in a statute which can give rise to confusion and uncertainty
  • There may be errors or omissions when the statute is drafted
  • New developments in society can make the words used in a statute out of date and they may no longer cover the current situation
  • Words are an imperfect means of communication

The Literal Rule This uses the plain, ordinary, literal, grammatical meaning of the words in the statute. Whittley v Chappell (1868)  Where…

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