Bachelor of Laws: Statutory Interpretation

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Statutory Interpretation

The process by which meaning and content are given, by the courts, to statutes and the words and phrases contained in them. This process is aided by various rules and presumptions, such as the literal, mischief and purpose rules, and recourse to extrinsic materials relating to the particular statute in question.
(Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary, 2016)

Traditional Common Law Approaches to Statutory Interpretation

Modern Approach to Statutory Interpretation

Extrinsic Materials

Presumptions

Obligations and Discretions