External Aids to Interpretation of Statutes: A Critical Appraisal

12 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2010

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Swati Rao

Hidayatullah National Law University

Date Written: July 27, 2010


Laws enacted by the legislatures are interpreted by the judiciary. Enacted laws, specially the modern Acts and Rules, are drafted by legal experts and it could be expected that the language will leave little room for interpretation or construction. But the experience of all, who have to bear and share the task of application of law, has been different. It is quite often observed that courts are busy unfolding the meaning of ambiguous words and expressions and resolving inconsistencies. The age old process of the application of the enacted laws has led to formulation of certain rules of interpretation or construction.

Keywords: Interpretation of Statutes, Construction, External Aids

Suggested Citation

Rao, Swati, External Aids to Interpretation of Statutes: A Critical Appraisal (July 27, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1649438 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1649438

Swati Rao (Contact Author)

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