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BENNION ON STATUTORY INTERPRETATION

5th edition, LexisNexis 2008

 

Publishers: LexisNexis, 2008

Doc. No. 2008.013.000d

 

The Code: Summary of Parts

 

Division One - Interpreter, Instrument and Enactment

Part I - The Interpreter

Part II - The Instrument to be Interpreted: Acts of Parliament

Part III - The Instrument to be Interpreted: Subordinate Legislation

Part IV - Commencement, Amendment and Repeal of Acts

Part V - Extent and Application of Acts

Part VI - The Enactment and the Facts

 

Division Two - The Legal Meaning of an Enactment

Part VII - Grammatical and Strained Constructions

Part VIII - Legislative Intention

Part IX - Filling in the Textual Detail

Part X - Interpretative Criteria and Interpretative Factors

 

Division Three - Rules of Construction

Part XI - Rules of Construction (General)

Part XII - Rules of Construction Laid Down by Statute

Part XIII - The Informed Interpretation Rule (General)

Part XIV - The Informed Interpretation Rule (Legislative History)

Part XV - The Functional Construction Rule

 

Division Four - Interpretative Principles Derived from Legal Policy

Part XVI - Interpretative Principles (General)

Part XVII - Principle against doubtful penalisation

 

Division Five - Interpretative Presumptions Based on the Nature of Legislation

Part XVIII - Interpretative Presumptions (General)

Part XIX - The Mischief and its Remedy

Part XX - Purposive Construction

Part XXI - Construction Against ‘Absurdity’

Part XXII - Construction Against Evasion

Part XXIII - Application of Ancillary Rules of Law

Part XXIV - Application of Ancillary Legal Maxims

 

Division Six - Linguistic Canons of Construction

Part XXV - Linguistic Canons of Construction: General

Part XXVI - Linguistic Canons of Construction: Use of Deductive Reasoning

Part XXVII - Linguistic Canons of Construction: Interpretation of Particular Words and Phrases

Part XXVIII - Linguistic Canons of Construction: Elaboration of Meaning of Words and Phrases

 

Division Seven - Europe

Part XXIX - Community law and the European Court

Part XXX - Human Rights Act 1998