These notes summarises the 406 pages long ‘Statutory Interpretation’ book by Michelle Sanson. This is a assigned reading for Statutory Interpretation (LAWS314) course at the ACU (Australian Catholic University). These notes cover the following chapters:
- An introduction to statutory interpretation (history, role of the court etc)
- Creation of legislation
- Interpretation legislation
- Context and purpose
- Intention and interpretive techniques
- Intrinsic materials – Statute Components
- Intrinsic Materials – The Text
- Extrinsic materials
- Traditional common law approaches to statutory interpretation
- Statutory presumptions
- Fundamental human rights
- International law in statutory interpretation
- Interpreting specific instruments
Chapter 14 – A Synthesis: Practical Skills and Exercises is not included in these notes as it 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, then embeds these in a set of four practical exercises.
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