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Interpreting Statutes

Interpreting Statutes

Learn how to incorporate statutes into your legal research, and survey the general canons of statutory interpretation.


Welcome to Statutory Interpretation! Statutory interpretation, also called statutory construction, refers to the process of discerning the meaning of a statute.  Statutes are the primary source of law on most issues. Thus, your ability to interpret statutes will be crucial to your success.

The singular goal of statutory interpretation is to ascertain and, where possible, implement the intent of the legislature.  Courts nationwide have established a systematic process for this, which...