Legislation is the predominant source of law applied by judges in the common law world today. This is because, even though the doctrine of precedent allows for the development of law by judges through cases, most areas of law are now set down in statutes, and cases primarily concerning their interpretation. Accordingly, advanced skills in statutory interpretation are essential for all legally trained people. No longer is it adequate to have a vague memory of approaches to interpretation learned during first- year law.

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