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Statutory Construction

Definition

The process of determining what a particular statute means so that a court may apply it accurately.

Overview

Any question of statutory interpretation begins with looking at the plain language of the statute to discover its original intent. To discover a statute's original intent, courts first look to the words of the statute and apply their usual and ordinary meanings.

 

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Any method of resolving disputes other than by litigation.  Abbreviated as ADR.  Public courts may be asked to review the validity of ADR methods, but they will rarely overturn ADR decisions and awards if the disputing parties formed a valid contract to abide by them.  Arbitration and mediation are the two major forms of ADR.

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Rules

The term "Rules" typically refers to the regulations adopted by an administrative agency in order to effectuate the purposes of statutes that are adopted by Congress or another legislative body.

For example, Congress enacted a statute known as the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which in part created a federal agency, the Securities Exchange Commission, which in turn adopted the [[rules pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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