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Question: 1. Describe and explain the different ways of interpreting a statute.

2. Has the Human Rights Act 1998 altered this interpretation in any? If so how?

3. Read and compare the following cases of Mendoza v Ghaidan (2003) 2 WLR 478 and Fitzpatrick v Sterling Housing Association LTD (1997) 4 ALL ER 991. Explain how Section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 altered the decision making process of the judiciary. Use the cases to explain and give legal reasons for your answer.

Answer: The Human Rights act 1998 has indeed altered this interpretation process. Section 3(1) of the Act states that so far as it is possible to do so, primary legislation must be read and given effect in a way which is compatible with the Convention rights. This Section of the Act seems to limit the powers of the Court as statutes can now only be interpreted in a manner compatible with Convention rights.......(short extract)

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Details: - Mark: Not available | Course: Human Rights Law | Year: 1st | Words: 1521 | References: No | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: March 14, 2011 | Coursework ID: 649

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