The meaning of “shall”

July 10, 2013

  • 361 Statutes
  • 361IV Operation and Effect
  • 361k1407 k. Mandatory or Directory Statutes.

361 StatutesInclusion of the term “shall” in a statute is considered mandatory and imperative, hence inconsistent with the idea of discretion.
In re Sanchez, 429 B.R. 393 (Bankr. D. Puerto Rico 2010)
Suggested by Ángel Sosa, Attorney; Toro, Colón, Mullet, Rivera & Sifre, P.S.C., San Juan, Puerto Rico