Application of Rule of Strict Interpretation to Penal Statutes

  • Hera Fatima
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  • Hera Fatima

    Student at KIIT School of Law, India.

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This paper discusses the importance of strict interpretation rule and also shows that the judges have maintained it with changing times and technology and also courts have tried to interpret the penal statutes with strict interpretation as much as possible. “According to criminal jurisprudence, an alleged accused is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt”. The maxim “nullum crimen sine lege” means that there is no crime without a law. Therefore it is necessary to strictly interpret the penal statutes so that no injustice is done to any innocent individual.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 2, Page 105 - 109


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