Statutory Interpretation - An Introduction for Students

Statutory Interpretation - An Introduction for Students

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Interpretation of statutes is about understanding enacted law-texts, in other words, making sense of the total relevant legislative scheme applicable to the situation at hand. Apart from poor reading and writing skills, one of the more striking current interpretation problems is the inability of law students (as well as the latest generation of legal practitioners) to interpret and apply legislation within the total legal environment. 


  • In Part 1 (‘Statute law’) students are introduced to the different types and categories of legislation, the structural components of legislation, the sometimes confusing ‘codes’ used in legislative texts, as well as the challenges of applying old order legislation together with new legislation (since 1994).
  • Part 2 (‘How legislation is interpreted’) comprises a chapter on the theoretical foundations of interpretation, and an overview of the basic approaches to statutory interpretation in South Africa; and a chapter dealing with the practical application of the rules of interpretation according to an arrangement based on Lourens du Plessis’s five interrelated dimensions of statutory interpretation.
  • Part 3 (‘Judicial law-making during interpretation, and peremptory and directory provisions’) deals with a number of day-to-day applications, and',
  • Part 4 is a basic introduction to constitutional interpretation. In the process students are introduced to less well-known aspects such as deeming clauses, the suspension of legislation, sunset clauses, legalese and the counter-majoritarian difficulty. 


This sixth edition is a user-friendly introduction to the basic principles of statutory interpretation. It is aimed mainly at undergraduate students, but practitioners used to old order rules of interpretation will also find it useful. The rules and principles of statutory interpretation are explained with hypotheticals and practical examples from case law and legislation.

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ISBN13 (SKU) 9781485139485
Title Statutory Interpretation - An Introduction for Students
Author C Botha
Edition 6th
Publisher Juta
Publication Date 2022
Country of Publication South Africa
Format Type Physical
Institutions University of South Africa, University of Cape Town,  University of Stellenbosch , Nelson Mandela University, University of Pretoria, Varsity College
Course Codes IOS2601, RVW210, WETSTEKSTE211, INST6212