Bachelor of Laws: Statutory Interpretation

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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)
Statutory Interpretation
Legal Maxims used in Statutory Interpretation
Traditional Common Law Approaches to Statutory Interpretation
Modern Approach to Statutory Interpretation
Extrinsic Materials
Obligations and Discretions
Statutory Interpretation Web Sites

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Statutory Interpretation Web Sites