Legislative History and Statutory Interpretation: The Relevance of English Practice
William S. Jordan III III
University of Akron - School of Law
University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 29, pp. 1-42, 1994
Professor Jordan addresses the question of whether English practice in statutory interpretation can be used to support the proposition that American courts should not consider legislative history. He demonstrates first that the English courts have long considered extrinsic materials quite comparable to American legislative committee reports. He also argues that the social, political, and legal systems of the two countries are so different that it is misleading to suggest that American courts should be guided by English practices to the extent that they limit consideration of legislative history.
Date posted: April 26, 2005
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