Public Law IOctober 3, 2008•Rules of statutory interpretation•Legal Presumptions in judicial decision-making•Peace Order and Good Government (I)–Russell v. the Queen–Local Prohibition Case–Board of Commerce–TEC v Snider–Employment & Soc Ins Ref (1937)–AG Ont. v. Can Temperance Federation
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Rules of Statutory Interpretation (1)Why are rules needed?Intent of legislature“reasonable person” test1.Plain meaning rule2.“golden rule”: avoid absurdity & inconsistency3.What was the mischief & remedy?Specific words help explain general ones nearbyExpress inclusion of some items implies exclusion of items not mentionedAids:–Interpretation statutes–Definition sections of statutes