Literal Rule: A Tool for Statutory Interpretation

17 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2012

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Ekta Gurjar

Hidayatullah National Law University

Date Written: February 10, 2012


Literal rule of interpretation is the primary rule. Under this rule of interpretation the Courts interpret the statutes in a literal and ordinary sense. They interpret the words of the statute in a way that is used commonly by all. It is incumbent on the court to use the grammatical meaning. The statutes should be construed in such a manner as though there is no other meaning except the literal meaning.

Keywords: Literal Rule, Primary Rule, Interpretation, Courts, Grammatically, Statute

Suggested Citation

Gurjar, Ekta, Literal Rule: A Tool for Statutory Interpretation (February 10, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Ekta Gurjar (Contact Author)

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