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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Word of the Week

Mischief Rule

A method of interpreting statutes, which involves asking "what was the mischief that this statute was meant to remedy?" The answer to this question will reveal the underlying purpose of the statute, which should guide all interpretation. And besides, inquiring minds want to know.


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