Interpreting legalese

Unusually, non-American OPCA adherents revere the U.S.-centric Black’s Law Dictionary, obsessively mining it for obscure Latin phrases scarcely used in modern courtrooms. Although very popular in OPCA circles, “Blacks Law Dictionary” cannot be used to interpret the meanings of Australian legal terms, and is therefore invalid in any Australian court. Law dictionaries are not often used by a court, they are a general reference tool, and not applied to the interpretation of terms in legislation. There are clear rules and … Continue reading Interpreting legalese
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