Statutory Interpretation Quiz

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1. In Muir v Keay (1975) (A case that supports 'Noscitur a sociis'), what was the principle?

  • Applying Noscitur a sociis, the court decided the general words, 'other place' had to refer to indoor places since all the words on the list were indoor places so the defendant was not guilty
  • You cannot consent to harm
  • Applying Noscitur a sociis, it was held that because of the other words, 'resort and refreshment' in the section, that 'entertainment' did not refer exclusively to theatrical entertainment, music and dancing
  • Therefore, using Noscitur a sociis, rates could not be charged on any mine other than coal mines
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2. Which case produced components that are considered in the Mischief Rule?

  • Whiteley v Chappell (1868)
  • Heydon's Case (1584)
  • Smith v Hughes (1960)
  • Fisher v Bell (1961)

3. What is a case used to support the Literal Rule involving voting?

  • Whiteley v Channell (1868)
  • Lightly v Chappell (1868)
  • Whiteley v Chappell (1868)
  • Fisher v Bell (1961)

4. What approach to the Golden Rule is where a word or phrase has more than one meaning, so the judges select the meaning that avoids absurdity?

  • Wide
  • Short
  • Narrow
  • Long

5. Which of the following is not an Intrinsic Aid to Statutory Interpretation?

  • Schedules
  • Dictionaries
  • Preamble
  • Long and/ or short title of the Act

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