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A Statute is an Act of Legislature. Courts follow various interpretation methods while deciding on disputes when Statute appear to be ambiguous or contested.

Parts of Statute

A Statute has one or more of the following parts:

  • Short Title
  • Long Title
  • Preamble
  • Interpretation clause
  • Headings of chapters
  • Marginal notes
  • Illustrations
  • Sections
  • Punctuations
  • Explanations
  • Savings clause
  • Non-obstante clause
  • Schedules etc


  • Statutes must be read as a whole. Courts read the entire statute to understand the intent and meaning of the statute. Every part of the statute is important in interpretation.

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