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Meaning of “apart from this section”

Reading Crown Proceedings Act 1950 I came across a use of the phrase "apart from this section" which I can't make much sense of: 14 Method of making Crown a party to proceedings (1) Subject to ...
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Interpretation of EU legislation

The European Union has 24 official languages, and EU legislation is published in all of them. How does the court resolve inconsistencies in interpretation that might arise because of mistranslations, ...
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Legal meaning of “to the greatest extent possible”?

I'm reading a policy document and it frequently uses the term 'to the greatest extent possible'. Is there a standard legal interpretation of this phrase in U.S. law? How might it differ from the ...
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Can a real-life example be used to describe the difference between common and civil law?

I've done a lot of research into trying to understand the difference between the two systems, but their definitions are so verbose, and without examples it's more challenging. The only thing I was ...
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Non-compliance with international legal instruments: the UDHR vs. the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam/Arab Charter on Human Rights?

The question is about the qualifying of (non-)compliance in context of the duties arising from a treaty-like foundational legal instrument under public international law, the interaction between the ...
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interpretation of an article

The term "Common Stock" as used in this Appendix B means the Company's Common Stock without par value, as the same exists at the date of filing of the Amendment to the Company's Amended Articles ...
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What is the legal interpretation of “As satisfied by” in this passage?

I had a difficulty understanding the meaning of "as satisfied" in the following sentence: references in these Regulations to any requirement for any document to be written, in writing, to be ...
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Party Wall Act - unclear interpretation of party fence wall definition?

I'm looking at sections 1(1)(b) and 20 of the Party Wall Act, and they just don't make sense to me, definitionally. Problem #1: s.20 seems to provide an impossible or meaningless definition s.20: “...
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Does German law have an equivalent of the “plain meaning rule”?

I recently read about the plain meaning rule that seems to be a principle in the application of English laws. I would like to know whether a similar principle is either codified or known as a common ...
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Can one still smoke (e-cigarettes) when smoking is prohibited?

In USA, mostly everywhere smoking has been prohibited for a pretty long time now. You cannot smoke in buildings, in libraries, in many city parks and bus stops, whilst dining or partying outside on a ...
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If legislative intent is considered when interpreting laws, why don't lawmakers attach a note to the law explaining their intentions?

When a judge is deciding whether a law applies to a particular case, they often look at historical documents or transcripts of legislative proceedings to determine whether the lawmakers would've ...
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Interpretation of “Code” and “Programs”

I've recently came across a paragraph in the Merchant User Agreement of Big Cartel, specifically paragraph 5.2, called "Prohibited and Restricted Activities" The paragraph states that offering the ...
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Statement may be misunderstood as admission: is this a problem?

Hypothetically, imagine this: suppose that a drunken man has an online Facebook conversation with a friend, they start talking about his ex-girlfriend. Then, they talk about his private and sexual ...
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How is “use” of software typically meant in EULAs?

You may not do any of the following with respect to the Licensed Materials or any of its parts: (a) use it commercially or for a promotional purpose; (b) use it on more than one device at a ...
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Interpretation of this Purpose clause in an NDA

I'm a contractor and have come to familiarise myself with the standard wording that comes with most NDAs. I perform contract programming work for companies overseas and access their IP to perform my ...
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What would this VA bill have done?

Virginia's 2012 HB 1 sought to define personhood as beginning at conception: § 1. The life of each human being begins at conception. § 2. Unborn children have protectable interests in life, ...
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Interpreting an ambiguous definition in an insurance policy

My wife has a travel insurance policy where "dependent" is defined as follows: Dependent means your spouse and your or your spouse’s unmarried natural, adopted or step-child of the participant ...
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Does originalism address how to amend the Constitution for changing values?

Originalism is a method for interpreting law by enforcing what the text meant to the people who originally wrote it. Following originalism rights are adjusted to the current values of people by ...
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What does “cause” mean in this law?

A bill was introduced in the Iowa legislature which gives an instruction to the Board of Regents (which governs seven specific institutions). Relevant background information is that people registered ...