An Overview on the Literal Rule of Interpretation of Statute

  • Riya Ramesh Pandey
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  • Riya Ramesh Pandey

    Student at Thakur Ramnarayan College of Law, Dahisar East, Mumbai, India

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Grammatical/Literal Rule of Interpretation is the primary rule of Interpretation, the first principle of interpretation is Literal or Grammatical Interpretation. The epithets ‘natural’, ‘ordinary’, ‘literal’, ‘grammatical’ and ‘popular’ are employed almost interchangeably. Literal Rule is where the Judges interpret the legislation that the Parliament has passed. This rule is the basis of all the Court decisions in relation to the Statutes. Here judges rely on the exact wording of the statute for the case. They don’t interpret meaning. This research paper will deal with an overview role on Literal Rule of Interpretation of Statute. The research is divided into six parts, whereas it examines how the rule of literal rule is applied in statutory interpretation in India. As every coin has two side this research will further discuss the advantages and disadvantages of literal rule. Through an analysis of Indian legal case this research will light up the role of literal rule on interpretation of statute in India. In summary, the literal rule of interpretation involves interpreting statutory provisions based on their literal and grammatical meaning, prioritizing the exact meaning of the statute, law.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 5, Page 980 - 985


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