Although countless secondary sources discuss the canons used to interpret statutory language, few thoroughly focus on the canons cited by Missouri courts. This four-part Note attempts to fill that void. Part II begins by organizing and concisely stating roughly thirty rules of statutory interpretation. Part III then contends that two of these principles – that the purpose of a statute should be furthered and that absurd outcomes should be avoided – often lend themselves to unpredictable results. Part IV concludes by suggesting one way this unpredictability could be minimized.
Statutory Interpretation in Missouri,
81 Mo. L. Rev.
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