Statutory interpretation creates precedent, and therefore becomes binding on lower courts in the same court hierarchy when future cases require examination of the same legislation.
A broad interpretation of words or clauses in an Act may extend the law to situations that the legislation previously did not cover.
A narrow interpretation of words or clauses in a statute may restrict the law so that it only covers certain situations.
Reasons for statutory interpretation
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