Jurists take the help of both Rules and Aids in the interpretation of Statutes. Some amount of interpretation of the statutes is often necessary by the Courts, as also by the Counsel of the parties. Interpretation thus is a familiar process of considerable significance. Varghese v. Income Tax Officer, Ernakulam [1] , interpretation of statute being an exercise in the ascertainment of meaning, everything which is logically relevant should be admissible. There are three categories of reasons for why statutes need to be interpreted: (1) drafting errors (2) changed circumstances and (3) incomplete rules. As stated by the Supreme Court in K.P. Why statutes require interpretation? As all the statutes are drawn up in form of language, therefore, these problems are inherent in statutes as well, which will give rise to uncertainty and inexactness, hence, there will always be a need of interpreting statutes so that their correct meanings … The general rule of the interpretation is that statutes must prima facie be given this ordinary meaning. If the words are clear, free from ambiguity there is no need to refer to other means of interpretation. 2, p. 381 in the following words : “The object of all interpretation of a ‘Written Document’ is to discover the intention of the author, the written declaration of whose mind the document is always considered to be. This note basically talks about the importance of interpretation of statute, its growth and significance. The interpretation is an art that involves a high degree of expertise and risk, a slight change in meanings can set a man free or hang him till Statutory interpretation refers to the process by which a court looks at a statute and determines what it means. The correct is one that best harmonises the words with the object of the statute. [7] As stated by Iyer J. NEED FOR AND OBJECT OF INTERPRETATION : The object of interpretation has been explained in Halsbury’s Laws of England 3rd Ed., vol. In relation to statute law, interpretation is of importance because of the inherent nature of legislation as a source of law.

The purpose of Interpretation of Statutes is to help the Judge to ascertain the intention of the Legislature – not to control that intention or to confine it within the limits, which the Judge may deem reasonable or expedient.

Drafting errors: I include here not just typos or grammatical errors (exceedingly rare) but also errors arising from textual inference. For example, in Kirkbi v. But if the words are vague and ambiguous then internal aid may be sought for interpretation… A statute, which is a bill or law passed by the legislature, imposes obligations and rules on the people.

Although legislature makes the Statute, it may be open to interpretation and have ambiguities. The process of statute making and the process of interpretation of statutes are two distinct activities. Statutory interpretation is the process by which the courts interpret and apply legislations to the facts of the Case, placed before it by the parties to the Case.