Textualism in the Lower Courts: Lessons from Judges Interpreting Consumer Legislation
James P. Nehf
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
September 8, 1994
TEXTUALISM IN THE LOWER COURTS: LESSONS FROM JUDGES INTERPRETING CONSUMER LEGISLATION, 26 RUTGERS Law Journal, No. 1-101, 1994
Many judges and legal scholars advocate for a textualist approach to statutory interpretation, as opposed to a more contextual or evolutive approach. This article examines how judges interpreted state consumer legislation in over 200 cases. The author concludes that textualist approaches were no more likely to yield consistent, predictable results than other interpretive techniques.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 49
Keywords: legislation, interpretation, textualism, consumer
Date posted: September 9, 2011
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