In any legal system, lawyers and judges are routinely faced with issues of interpretation. The outcome of litigation may turn on the particular interpretation given to a provision or phrase—or even a word—in a legislative instrument. The process of applying established legal principles to novel situations, which involves an analysis of what the established jurisprudence has or has not decided, is also one of interpretation. A body of principles for addressing issues of interpretation is an essential part of any legal system. Indeed, for the law to be applied in a...
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