Statutory Interpretation Quiz


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
  • 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
  • You cannot consent to harm
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2. Expressio unius exclusion alterius refers to what?

  • Where a list of words is not followed by general words, the Act applies only to the items in the list
  • A word is known by the company it keeps
  • When a list of words are followed by general words, then the general words are interpreted to be the same kinds of words as the specific words e.g. dogs, cats, and other animals
  • A word must be interpreted in the context of the Act as a hole. Therefore, in order to decide on meaning of the word, other accompanying words and sections must be considered

3. 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?

  • Narrow
  • Short
  • Long
  • Wide

4. What case used to support Ejusdem Generis involves betting?

  • Powell v Kempton Park Racecourse
  • Inhabitants of Sedgeley (1837)
  • Muir v Keay (1975)
  • Fisher v Bell (1961)

5. Which case produced components that are considered in the Mischief Rule?

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


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