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.
Ruth Sullivan taught English literature and composition at Montreal’s Concordia University before obtaining degrees in common law and civil law from McGill University and a master’s degree in legislation from the University of Ottawa. She clerked for the Right Honourable Chief Justice Bora Laskin in 1982 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984. After twenty-seven years of teaching at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, she retired from the faculty and became an employee of the Legislative Services Branch of the Department of Justice, where she continues to work.
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