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Federal Legislative History: Statutory Interpretation

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What is Statutory Interpretation?

Statutory interpretation (also called statutory construction) is the act of interpreting a statute particularly when the text of the statute seems contradictory or ambiguous. There are numerous principles or "canons" that have been developed by the courts and applied to the interpretation of individual statutes.

See the CALI tutorial on Statutory Interpretation (available to Villanova students and faculty--email Lori Corso for access) for more information.

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