Statute “design, structure, and purpose”

November 27, 2013

  • 361 Statutes
  • 361III Construction
  • 361III(E) Statute as a Whole; Relation of Parts to Whole and to One Another
  • 361k1152 k. Design, Structure, or Scheme.

361 StatutesRather than culling selected words or sentences from a statute’s text and inspecting them in an antiseptic laboratory setting, a court engaged in the task of statutory interpretation must examine the statute as a whole, giving due weight to design, structure, and purpose as well as to aggregate language.
Cablevision of Boston, Inc. v. Public Improvement Com’n of City of Boston, 184 F.3d 88 (1st Cir. 1999)