The Resource Statutory Interpretation: General Principles and Recent Trends

Statutory Interpretation: General Principles and Recent Trends

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Statutory Interpretation: General Principles and Recent Trends
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Statutory Interpretation: General Principles and Recent Trends
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eng
Summary
The Supreme Court has expressed an interest that Congress be able to legislate against a background of clear interpretive rules, so that it may know the effect of the language it adopts. This report identifies and describes some of the more important rules and conventions of interpretation that the Court applies. Because the Court has recently placed renewed emphasis on statutory text and somewhat reduced emphasis on legislative history and other interpretive sources extrinsic to the text, this report focuses primarily on the Court's methodology in construing statutory text. The Court's recent approaches to reliance on legislative history are also briefly described. In analyzing a statute s text, the Court is guided by the basic principle that a statute should be read as a harmonious whole, with its separate parts being interpreted within their broader statutory context in a manner that furthers statutory purpose. The various canons of interpretation and presumptions as to substantive results are usually subordinated to interpretations that further a clearly expressed congressional purpose. The Court frequently relies on canons of construction to draw inferences about the meaning of statutory language. For example, in considering the meaning of particular words and phrases, the Court distinguishes between terms of art that may have specialized meanings and other words that are ordinarily given a dictionary definition. Other canons direct that all words of a statute be given effect if possible, that a term used more than once in a statute should ordinarily be given the same meaning throughout, and that specific statutory language ordinarily trumps conflicting general language. Ordinarily is a necessary caveat, since any of these canons gives way if context reveals an evident contrary meaning
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  • Costello, George
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Statutory Interpretation: General Principles and Recent Trends
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Publication
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
56 pages
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online
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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
c
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Hein Online
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  • (OCoLC)227919911
  • (OCoLC)ocn227919911
Label
Statutory Interpretation: General Principles and Recent Trends
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
56 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227919911
  • (OCoLC)ocn227919911

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