Statutory Interpretation: Rules of Language

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What is "Ejusdem Generis"
“Where specific words are followed by more general words, the general words are to be interpreted in the same way as the specific words.”
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A real life example of Ejusdem Generis
Galaxy, Mars bar, dairy milk and any other kind of chocolate bar
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Case that shows Ejusdem Generis
Powell V Kempton Race Courses
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What was the wording that needed the use of Ejusdem Generis?
“Offence to keep a house, office, room or other place” for betting.
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Verdict of this?
It is assumed that “any other place” is an indoor area using the principle of Ejusdem Generis
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What is Expressio unius est exclusio alterius
“The express mention of one thing excludes another”
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An Example of Expressio unius
A statute that only refers to specific things such as “mars bars, dairy milk or fruit and nut Yorkie.”
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Case that shows Expressio Unius
Sedgley
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What was the Wording that needed the use of Expressio Unius
it states taxes will be raised on “lands, houses and coalmines”
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Why was this an issue?
The case needed to know if taxes will be raised on Limestone mines?
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Verdict?
This excluded the question of raising taxes on limestone mines meaning as it wasn't mentioned in the statute taxes don't need raising
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The meaning of Noscitur a sociis
The meaning of an unclear word should be interpreted by using the words/phrases near it in the statute, ie in context
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A case that shows Noscitur a sociis
Inland Revenue Commissioners v Frere
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What did the Statute refer to?
“interest, annuities or other annual interest”
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Decision?
It was decided interest also meant “interest paid annually” due to the words around it
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