The Literal Rule on Statutory Instruments

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The Literal Rule

Requires Judge to apply the plain, ordinary or literal menaing of a word or phase of an act even if its creates an absurdity. Lord Esher in R v Judge expressed this when he commented "To prevent a manifest absurdity".

- Cheeseman (1990)

- Whitley v Chappel (1868)

- Berriman (1946) 

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