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Laws and Judges

in The Language of Statutes

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226767963
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226767987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226767987.003.0001
Laws and Judges

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This chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the interpretation of laws and statutes. It explores the problems that lead to recurrent difficulties in statutory interpretation and argues that a rather expansive array of tools is appropriate to use in resolving disputes that arise. This volume analyzes who should interpret statutes and whether certain drafting strategies can reduce the burden on judges by better defining the range of discretion that the legislature wishes to delegate to others. The main argument of this volume is that laws generally work well and that their failure is only caused by the uncertainties their wordings.

Keywords: laws; statutes; interpretation; disputes; drafting strategies; legislature

Chapter.  6348 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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