Methods of Interpretation of Statutes and their relevance in Modern Society​​

Shubhanker Jhingta
Symbiosis Law School, Pune, India.

Volume IV, Issue I, 2021

The concept of judicial interpretation of statutes has seen significant changes over the years. This research paper attempts to give an in-depth analysis of the methods of interpretation and their relevance in modern society. It traces the history of judicial interpretation over the years, followed by an explanation of the kinds of interpretation of statutes and judicial approach adopted with respect to the same. Further, the paper introduces the reader to Benjamin Cardozo’s methods of interpretation and puts forward a nuanced analysis of the same. It analyses the judicial approach of interpretation in India and introduces the reader to some landmark cases in the field of interpretation and their significance in the legal realm. The paper concludes by suggesting a clear demarcation of powers between the legislature and the judiciary, and the need for an independent judiciary.

Keywords: judicial interpretation, Benjamin Cardozo, judicial approach.