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How to Understand Statutes and By-Laws

Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 0-459-55321-6
Pages 213
Language English only
Price $95.00
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Written by Donald J. Gifford, Kenneth H. Gifford and Michael I. Jeffery.
Published by Carswell, 1996.


This work provides an introduction to the rules governing the reading and interpretation of statutes, by-laws and other forms of legislation in Canada. Written in clear, direct language, the book will assist not only lawyers, but librarians, accountants, architects, engineers, and municipal officials and planners in understanding the statutes impacting on their professions and their clients' business activities.
The authors systematically explain the elements of a statute, including the preamble, headings, marginal notes, definitions, the organization of sections, subsections and paragraphs, and how they contribute to the meaning of a statute. This is followed by coverage of the special rules developed by the courts in interpreting legislation, such as the plain meaning rule, the purposiveapproach, the class or category rule, the express inclusions and implied inclusions rule, and the words of similar meaning rule.
The growing profusion of legislation at all levels of government increase the need to fully comprehend the various legislative regimes encountered in order to ensure compliance and avoidance of costly litigation.

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