Use of pari materia as an external aid of interpretation

Prama Mukhopadhyay
International Journal of Law and Legal Jurisprudence Studies   unpublished
The basic rule of interpretation is to give effect to the plain meaning of the statute. If it is not clear and ambiguous, then the court can take recourse of different aids of interpretation. There are two types of aids of interpretation-internal aid and external aid. Internal aids means the aid are within the statutes, e.g.-long title, short title, preamble, schedule, and any other provisions of the same Act. If the ambiguity is still not clear, then the court can use external aids to
more » ... a particular provision. Examples of external aid are dictionary, parliamentary debate, foreign judgment, provisions of other Acts. In this research paper the researcher will concentrate only with one external aid-provisions of other statutes or pari materia. Pari materia means when two provisions of two different statutes deal with the same subject matter and form part of the same subject matter. In this article the author will aim to discuss the need for pari materia. It will also deal with situations where it is applicable and where the acts are not in pari materia with reference to India and United Kingdom Legislations and appropriate case laws.