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Statutory Interpretation

Interpret the language of statute with a confident understanding of the relevance of context, structure and authority.

About this course

Our leading academic and legal expert will address the role of statutory interpretation in the legal system. Courts have developed rules to govern the interpretation of the laws and other regulations that govern our daily lives. Traditional approaches, the mischief rule, the golden and literal rules have each played a part in explaining the current approach of the courts. Judicial analysis has developed other approaches.

This workshop will enable you to develop analytical tools for the statutory language before you. Interpreting the language of each section with a confident understanding of the relevance of the context, structure and authority of the legislative instrument, you will be able to draw on insights beyond the grasp of the less-trained eye. You will be able to unlock the potential of the skilled advocate’s insights and use the full weight of case precedents, legislative intent, implied assumptions and other aspects of the legislation that are not available to the lay observer. Your submissions and opinions will be endowed with a new level of effectiveness.

Key benefits of this course

Conducted by an experienced senior Barrister with relevant litigation and teaching experience, this course has been designed to equip you with:

  • Current law and analytical framework and the tools of Statutory Interpretation
  • New insights and applied knowledge through collaboration with case studies and real examples
  • Strengthened ability to advise clients on the effect of litigation and the interaction of multiple acts and regulations
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - for NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: “If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.


Full price: $495 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

This course consists of three webinars led by expert James Emmett SC of Banco Chambers. Topics covered include:

General principles of interpretation (Tuesday 21 March, 4.30 to 5.45pm)

  • Modern Australian approach
  • Text
  • Context
  • Purpose
  • Consequences
  • Exercise: sample legislation.

Textual considerations (Wednesday 22 March, 4.30 to 5.45pm)

  • Definitions
  • Interpretation Acts
  • Linguistic maxims
  • Principle of legality
  • Exercise: sample legislation.

Interaction between statutes (Thursday 23 March, 4.30 to 6pm)

  • Amendments, repeals and inconsistencies
  • Regulations and other statutory instruments
  • Exercise: sample legislation.

The final webinar concludes with Q & A.

Course learning objectives

This short course should equip participants to:

  • Understand the rules and principles of statutory interpretation
  • Recognise and apply the tools for interpreting and applying legislative provisions
  • Assess when and how legislation can be challenged.



This course will be facilitated online using Zoom video conferencing. You will need:

  • Access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones for audio
  • Microphone and video camera functionality (optional but recommended).
  • Your Zoom sessions will commence at 4:30pm, please be on time!


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • UTS alumni and current students: 10% discount with voucher codes UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS staff: 10% discount

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

UTS staff only: how to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount

Please contact the team at to clarify payment options and the 10% staff discount code.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile(under “A bit about you”). If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button.

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Who is this course for?

This program is suitable for, but not limited to:

  • General legal practitioners
  • Solicitors
  • Barristers
  • Members of tribunals or statutory bodies
  • Executive officers from local government
  • State government legal officers
  • Commonwealth agencies legal officers
  • In-house legal teams
  • Corporate counsel
  • Policy officers
  • Procedure and policy managers.


It was a really great course. The practical aspects [were] something that I really appreciated! 

Sapphire D.

Very well presented, kept all entertained

Shane B.






4 hrs


3 days 1 x 90 min 2 x 75 mins

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