• Publication Date: August 22, 2016
  • ISBN: Print (Paperback): 9781552214329
  • ISBN: Digital (PDF): 9781552214336
  • 428 pages; 6" x 9"
Filed Under: Jurisprudence

Statutory Interpretation, 3/e


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Product Description

Statutory Interpretation is a practical guide to the techniques and reasoning used by lawyers and judges to resolve interpretation problems. The book deciphers the complex rules of interpretation, explains the way these rules relate to each other, and focuses on their strategic use in constructing arguments and justifying outcomes.

The third edition has been updated and restructured, adding a new chapter to the Introduction that explains what is meant by “the entire context” — the core concept of the modern principle that governs interpretation — and shows how the various interpretive rules and presumptions fit into that complex concept. There is another new chapter on Aboriginal law and rights to reflect the increasing importance of this area of law. Finally, this edition offers an expanded, comprehensive treatment of the presumptions of legislative intent and the important role that policy plays in interpretation, even though courts are sometimes reluctant to acknowledge that role.

Written by Canada’s leading authority in the field, this is a desk book that no legal practitioner should be without.


Part One: Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction to Statute Law

Chapter 2: Introduction to Statutory Interpretation

Chapter 3: The Entire Context

Part Two: Establishing First Impression Meaning

Chapter 4: Ordinary Meaning

Chapter 5: Technical Meaning and Meanings Fixed by Law

Chapter 6: Shared and Bijural Meaning

Chapter 7: Original Meaning

Part Three: Analyzing the Entire Context

Chapter 8: Textual Analysis

Chapter 9: Reliance on Components

Chapter 10: The Legislative Context

Chapter 11: Purposive Analysis

Chapter 12: The External Context

Chapter 13: Consequential Analysis

Chapter 14: Legal Policy Analysis

Chapter 15: Interpreting Aboriginal Law

Chapter 16: Reliance on Extrinsic Aids

Part Four: Achieving Harmony

Chapter 17: Plausible Interpretation, Mistakes, and Gaps

Chapter 18: Presumed Compliance with Constitutional Law, Common Law, and International Law

Chapter 19: Overlap and Conflict

Part Five: Presumptions Governing the Application of Legislation

Chapter 20: Presumed Application: Time, Territory, and the Crown

Table of Cases


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