LA304 – Topic 3 – Principles Relating to the Interpretation of Statutes and Constitutions

Justice Stephen in In re Castioni (1891) Q.B. 169 had this to say about Acts and people:

… that degree of precision which is essential to every one who has ever had, as I have had on many occasions, to draft Acts of Parliament, which although they may be easy to understand, people continually try to misunderstand, and in which therefore it is not enough to attain a degree of precision which a person, reading in good faith can understand: but it is necessary to attain if possible a degree of precision which a person reading in bad faith cannot misunderstand.

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  1. June 30, 2017 - 9:27 pm # Written by ecuazonatv.net

    But there are cases in which inconvenience of result or improbability of result assists the court in concluding that an alternative construction which is reasonable open is to be preferred to the literal meaning because the alternative interpretation more closely conforms to the legislative intent discernible from other provisions in the statute There is a similar problem with the related so-called golden rule of construction.

  2. August 20, 2017 - 1:14 pm # Written by winbeth24.com

    But there are cases in which inconvenience of result or improbability of result assists the court in concluding that an alternative construction which is reasonable open is to be preferred to the literal meaning because the alternative interpretation more closely conforms to the legislative intent discernible from other provisions in the statute There is a similar problem with the related so-called golden rule of construction.

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