Law making: statutory interpretation.

The rule of law. This topic forms part of the nature of law and the English legal system unit and counts towards the A level award.

  • The rules of statutory interpretation: literal, golden and mischief rules; the purposive approach.
  • Internal (intrinsic) and external (extrinsic) aids.
  • The impact of European Union law and of the Human Rights Act 1998 on statutory interpretation.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches to statutory interpretation.
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Literal Rule


Golden Rule


Mischief Rule


Purposive Approach

Units and Topics

The following units are part of the AQA A Level Law 7162 from 2017 course

A Level Law: The nature of law and the English legal system.

A Level Law: Criminal law

A Level Law: Tort

A Level Law Option B: Human rights

A Level Law Option A: Contract law

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