Episode 28 – Dialogue: Statutory Interpretation part 1

‘The laws passed by Parliament…should be clear and easy to apply. However, sometimes this isn’t the case and instead, the wording is unclear and ambiguous….the courts cannot simply apply the law… instead they must interpret it. But how do they do this?’

In today’s episode we’re looking at how courts interpret legislation. First, we’ll look at why courts must interpret legislation, and then go on to look at the different rules of construction and interpretation as well as looking at aids to interpretation. We learn specifically about:

  • The literal rule;
  • The golden rule;
  • The mischief rule;
  • The purposive approach;
  • The impact of Human Rights legislation on interpretation;
  • Intrinsic/Internal and extrinsic/external aids to interpretation.

Listen to this short extract as a taster:

How do UK judges interpret the law?

How do UK judges interpret the law?

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