Using cases, describe how the golden rule can be used

The golden rule is a modification of the literal rule and is used when the literal interpretation of words would lead to a ‘manifest absurdity’.

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This essay is about the task of interpreting the meaning of statutes by judges and one of the rules used by judges.

The essay defines the golden rule by reference to the literal rule and explains that the golden rule has two applications i.e. the narrow approach and the broad approach.

The work also mentions how the literal rule can give rise to a 'manifest absurdity'.

The following cases are referred to in the essay:

  • R v Judge of the City of London Court (1892);
  • R v Allen (1872);
  • Adler v George (1964);
  • Jones v DPP (1962);
  • Sigsworth (1935)





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