Jurors as Statutory Interpreters

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:
Jurors as Statutory Interpreters

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This chapter examines the role of juries in the interpretation of statutes. It analyzes how the legal system deals with jurors as interpreters of statutes and highlights judges' use a host of tools in statutory interpretation that are not available to jurors. This chapter also suggests that jury instructions often leave to the jury all kinds of interpretive decisions and considers the relation between communal justice and statutory interpretation.

Keywords: juries; jurors; judges; jury instructions; communal justice

Chapter.  11278 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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