Which Kraft of Statutory Interpretation? A Supreme Court of Canada Trilogy on Intellectual Property Law

  • Cameron J. Hutchison

Abstract

The techniques used by courts to interpret statutes can be characterized as inconsistent, and at times, excessive. Current methodologies of statutory interpretation often reflect deeply normative views about the appropriate institutional role of the legislative and judicial branches of law-making, but this characterization of the debate is misleading. Rather, the problem lies with properly discerning legislative meaning and intent in full awareness of the limitations and possibilities of statutes as communicative devices. The author suggests a new methodology of statutory interpretation, whereby courts analogize the facts before them with certain paradigm cases. This methodology serves to constrain judicial discretion and enables courts to fill gaps in legislation in connection with novel cases.
How to Cite
Hutchison, C. (1). Which Kraft of Statutory Interpretation? A Supreme Court of Canada Trilogy on Intellectual Property Law. Alberta Law Review, 46(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.29173/alr237
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