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Statutory Interpretation - Michelle Sanson

Paperback Published: 20th April 2017
ISBN: 9780190304577
Number Of Pages: 392

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Statutory Interpretation 2nd edition revitalises learning of statutory interpretation as a living, breathing and dynamic tool for understanding and applying the law.

The book is specifically designed to engage students with statutory interpretation and equip them with improved skills required for future legal practice.

It is structured to align with the length of a typical semester, and in addition to research and analysis of statutory interpretation rules and principles, Statutory Interpretation provides case scenarios and application exercises.

Chapter 14 A Synthesis: Practical Skills and Exercises has been designed as a consolidating chapter to which readers will repeatedly refer and contains a Statutory Interpretation Index (SII2) synthesising the books rules of statutory interpretation, a user-friendly flow diagram summarising statutory interpretation  method, a worked example of its application, and a set of four practical exercises.

New to this edition

  • Updated examples and case references
  • Additional case exercises
  • Expanded discussion on:principle of legality
  • statutory discretions and obligations
  • legislative intention in pre-native title legislation
  • interpretive techniques including reading down, straining and reading inuse of international law in statutory interpretation
  • New section of dominant and subordinate provisions

1. Introduction to Statutory InterpretationHistory and evolution of statutory interpretationThe role of the judiciary in interpreting legislationPractical outcome of this bookStructure of this bookGuidelines for interpretation of this book2. Creation of LegislationLegislative powerDrafting stylesPlain English draftingDrafting conventionsThe political dimensionParliamentary proceduresLegislation exampleConclusion3. Interpretation LegislationGenderAgeNumberDistanceTimeMeaning of ‘may’ and ‘shall’CommencementAmendmentRepealInvalidity4. Context and PurposeContextPurpose5. Intention and Interpretive TechniquesIntentionInterpretive techniques6. Intrinsic Materials: Statute ComponentsLong titleShort titlePreambleObjects clauseDefinition sectionsHeadingsSchedulesNotesPunctuationExamplesPenalties7. Intrinsic Materials: The TextAll words have meaningOrdinarily, the meaning is the ordinary meaningA technical or legal meaning may be usedCurrent meaningDictionary meaningConsistent meaning across an ActVariants of wordsLimiting wordsHendiadysTemporal expressionsCommon words and expressionsWhat if the intrinsic materials are inconsistent, or in conflict with one another?8. Extrinsic MaterialsUsing extrinsic materials to interpret textUsing extrinsic materials for context and purposeCommon law approach to use of extrinsic materialsWhich extrinsic materials can be used?Proliferation and limits9. Traditional Common Law ApproachesCommon law and statutesTraditional common law approachesLiteral ruleGolden ruleMischief ruleLatin maxims10. Statutory PresumptionsLegislation does not have extraterritorial effectLegislation does not take jurisdiction away from the courtsLegislation does not bind the CrownPenal provisions are strictly construedRemedial or beneficial provisions are broadly construedTaxation provisions construed to the taxpayer’s benefitLegislation enacting a word or phrase approves of its common law interpretationLegislation does not operate retrospectivelyLegislation does not remove property rightsOther statutory presumptions11. Fundamental and Human RightsNon-interference with fundamental rightsWhat is a fundamental right?Principle of legalityPractical applicationHuman rightsThe Australian Capital Territory approachThe Victorian approach12. International Law in Statutory InterpretationLegislative conformity with international lawSources of international lawInternational treatiesCustomary international lawGeneral principles of law13. Interpreting Specific InstrumentsDelegated or subordinate legislationCodesQuasi-legislative bodies and ‘soft’ lawConstitutionOther documents14. A Synthesis: Practical Skills and ExercisesStatutory Interpretation Index 1 (‘SII2’)Practical MethodologyPractical Exercise A: Criminal lawPractical Exercise B: Tort lawPractical Exercise C: Contract lawPractical Exercise D: Property lawFurther ReadingIndex

ISBN: 9780190304577
ISBN-10: 019030457X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 20th April 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 19.1  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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