(Answered) English Legal Systems: Critically discuss the extent to which modern statutory interpretation allows the courts to depart from the words of the statute.”

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“In the case of Isle of Wight Council v Platt [2017] UKSC 28 the Supreme Court had to decide what was meant by the phrase ‘fails to attend regularly’ in s.444(1) Education Act 1996. Explain with reference to this and other cases how judges decide the meaning of words in legislation.

Critically discuss the extent to which modern statutory interpretation allows the courts to depart from the words of the statute.” 

Include : introduction, definition of statutory interpretation and the reasons it is needed (poor communication/draftsmanship), mischief rule, literal rule, golden rule, purposive approach (and how this approach differs from the 3 traditional approached including how it allows judges to depart from words of act), paragraph on which method was used in Wight Council v Platt case and how it demonstrates statutory interpretation being used, conclusion. Have a case example for each approach to demonstrate how the approach has been used in the case, as well as use references throughout in order to make a bibliography

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