Saturday, June 18, 2016

In pari materia

In pari materia [Latin, upon the same subject.] is an axiom of statutory interpretation. It means that laws relating to the same subject matter should be read and understood with reference to each other. The intent behind applying this principle is to promote uniformity and predictability in the law, and to fully discern legislative intent. Since various statutes are enacted at different times and they may then be codified in unexpected locations, fulfilling the promise of bringing all the statutes upon any given topic into focus at the same time is a challenge. When connecting the dots, it helps if one has every dot.   


Tom Fox, J. D.
Southern Specialty Law Publishing Company
Louisville, Kentucky

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a Kentucky Non-profit corporation

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