What is Statutory Interpretation?
Statutory interpretation is necessary where there is uncertainty with regards to how a law should be applied in a given situation. Although the people who draft statutes do their best to craft legislations that are unambiguous, the meaning of given sections of the law may not always be straightforward, leaving room for multiple interpretations. Some problems include drafting errors, ambiguity, new legal developments, and changes in language use. For instance, some statutes are hundreds of years old, and the language used in drafting them may have a different meaning today.