Title

A Guide to Gathering and Using Legislative History in Massachusetts

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2016

ISSN

0163-1411

Publisher

Massachusetts Bar Association

Language

en-US

Abstract

Lawyers must have the ability to interpret statutory language. Whether during criminal or civil litigation, advising a client on recent statutory changes or appearing before an administrative agency, the importance of statutes to the modern legal world is unquestioned. Although some jurists, notably Justice Antonin Scalia, question whether there can be such a thing as "legislative intent" and disregard materials that may be instructive to the court, most jurisdictions not only accept evidence of legislative intent, but seek it out.

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